May 23, 2024

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The Butler’s Pantry Like You’ve Never Seen It!



Hi Everyone,

Ahhh… this was intended to be 1 write-up. However, I bought so into the very first aspect that the next aspect will have to wait until mid-7 days.

But, what a splendid week it is been in Boston. The weather’s been excellent, and my lovely son was listed here for a brief go to as he had a trombone gig.


Cale Israel trombone gigging in Boston June 2022

Gosh, he’s likely to be 32 in a number of days.

Feel it or not, I’m even now operating on my kitchen design and style. I have typically stated that I want it to look extra like a Victorian butler’s pantry.


What is amusing is that I’m now sitting in what utilised to be this home’s butler’s pantry when the home was accomplished in 1880.


Back in the working day, when these were being all solitary-family homes, the properly-heeled household who owned the overall household did have a employees, which includes a butler. In 1880, apart from for the few apartment structures, the kitchens the place the weighty cooking was accomplished was in the basement. Sure, where my bed room is.

Someplace, there was a dumbwaiter that introduced the foods up, and then last preparations were being built in the butler’s pantry.

Given that this home was partially visible from the dining home, it would’ve been eye-catching, albeit nonetheless utilitarian. Having said that, the butler’s pantry was also exactly where the family’s great china, silver, and other valuables have been kept. It was the butler’s work to make sure that it was taken care of.


In the final yr and a 50 %, I have created a fifty percent-hearted endeavor at getting the Unique floorplan of my home’s very first ground (parlor level).


I want to confirm what I imagine to be real about this house prior to it was reduce up into five different households.

The homes in the Back Bay commenced all over 1860 however, I have identified that it wasn’t till 1880 that everyone thought to retain information of the first architectural drawings. But, not all of the households crafted in 1880 and beyond have the documents. These are held at the Boston Community Library, I think.

My house was developed by a popular architect, Samuel D. Kelley.

I study that Mr. Kelley created around 150 residences in Back Bay. Nonetheless, while prolific, he was not recognized for undertaking just about anything notably progressive or jaw-dropping. In other words, he was an early forerunner of the tailor made-residence-builder-developer.


Currently, I had a lightbulb moment.


Because we know that Mr. Kelley was really substantially “phoning it in” (with just one of all those newfangled gizmos), I figured that there are probably quite a few properties in Boston’s Back Bay that are very similar to my residence. And, perhaps one particular of those people has a ground strategy.

Well, as you’ve almost certainly figured out, I strike paydirt pretty early even though seeking the record of properties in Back again Bay Houses designed by Samuel Dudley Kelley.

Dudley??? Really???


Samuel-d.-Kelley-architect-comm-252-basement-and-first-floor-plans-1880 - butler
I’m presuming these are not development drawings. Nonetheless, if they are, it would demonstrate why some of the first capabilities in my residence are disconcertingly off-middle.

In the over example, this property has a bonus basement (yard) approach. It is practically equivalent to my household, besides it’s the reverse. As expected, that awkward doorway to my bedroom, which needs to get moved, was an primary entrance into what was originally the kitchen.

Samuel d. Kelley architect comm-252-basement-and-first-floor-plans-1880 reverse floor plan
No problem. I can flip the impression.


The only variance in this article is a slight one particular with the placement of the back staircase and the configuration of the main staircase. On the other hand, I found a further house, also in reverse, that is even closer to mine, besides there is no bay window in the dining place.


Kelley architect - marl-230-first-floor-plan-1880 reverse

The only other variance is that the again staircase essentially operates under the major staircase. In which the stairs are in these two households is wherever my 2nd lavatory is positioned. On the other hand, it helps make sense to put the stairs where by these are for direct obtain to the butler’s pantry.

But, wherever the reception region is, my kitchen is situated.

And, there is the significant doorway, previously primary to the dining place, but is now my residing home. The windows are the very same, as well.


For comparison, down below are a couple of other ground designs by architects who are not phoning it in and are recognized for their fantastic function.


305 Commonwealth Ave-first-and-second-peabody-and-stearns-188 - butler

Higher than is 305 Commonwealth Ave., finished in 1887. The architectural agency was Peabody and Stearns. Remember to be aware that in this case, the butler’s pantry was referred to as the “china closet.” And sure, it also bundled a vault.

One a lot more.


306 Dartmouth St-peabody-stearns-first-floor

Peabody and Stearns also created 306 Dartmouth Street. It is a corner mansion that has lately been heading through a huge renovation. I took some photos of it past spring and the exquisite greenhouse. You can see the finish set of architectural ideas right here.

As you can see, they are pretty fragile and I have an understanding of that they are out there at the Boston Public Library. I feel one particular needs to make an appointment to see them, but we aren’t permitted to contact them.



By the way, I just took a look at that post from last spring, and when you have a opportunity, please look at out 169 Commonwealth Ave.


I walked earlier it the other night time, and my eyeballs just about fell out of my head, mainly because the architecture is not to be thought and the kitchen area is magnificent way too!


Maureen O’Hara was also my real estate agent. She’s wonderful! And so is Wendy Oleksiak!

Let us zero in on that attractive pantry at 306 Dartmouth Street.


306 Dartmouth St. Butler


All over again, it is known as the china closet.


306 Dartmouth Street Boston, MA Spring 2022

Coincidentally, I took yet another photograph of 306 Dartmouth Avenue two months back when the early spring trees bloomed.

If you’re fascinated, please study about 306 Dartmouth Avenue which is ideal all-around the corner from me. This is a website link to it in Again Bay Properties. They even have a photo from 1875 demonstrating the newly developed dwelling and vacant plenty all about it!


Talking of gut renovations, a pair of months in the past, I was on my way to a gathering and going for walks down Comm Ave.


haha. You are not allowed to touch the exterior of our Boston Back Bay Beauties, but seemingly, it is okay to disembowel them.

I experienced to do a little bit of sleuthing, but I did figure out that these addresses are 260 and 262 Commonwealth Ave.

260 Comm Ave via Back Bay Houses

Earlier mentioned is an picture via Back Bay Homes before their innards ended up extracted.


On a hunch, I just experienced to check out.


And, certainly, Samuel Dudley Kelley was certainly the primary architect. This is not the initially time 1 of his structures acquired strike with a sledgehammer.


he sisters 128-130 Commonwealth AveBoston Christmas 2021


Quantity 128 and 130 not only experienced an exterior facelift, but the inside of also experienced a intestine renovation. (There is a pretty daytime shot in this post right before I moved to Boston.) Even so, I really don’t think they took down all of the partitions when they redid the “sisters” about 110 a long time ago.

Like the title reported, the butler’s pantry like you’ve never observed it. All of them today are in program perspective. But, I assure to share some actual rooms.

Element II with some genuinely magnificent butler’s pantries is coming Wednesday. And, probably a different shock or two.


PS: Make sure you look at out the newly up-to-date Sizzling Profits!

And please also examine out part II of the pantry submit which shares 30 amazing pantries, previous, new, huge and little.