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




Hello Every person,

Ahhh… this was intended to be just one article. On the other hand, I bought so into the to start with part that the second component will have to wait around till mid-week.

But, what a splendid week it’s been in Boston. The weather’s been amazing, and my wonderful son was below for a short pay a visit to as he experienced a trombone gig.


Cale Israel trombone gigging in Boston June 2022

Gosh, he’s heading to be 32 in a handful of times.

Imagine it or not, I’m however performing on my kitchen style. I’ve usually mentioned that I want it to glimpse additional like a Victorian butler’s pantry.


What is amusing is that I’m at the moment sitting in what employed to be this home’s butler’s pantry when the household was completed in 1880.


Again in the day, when these ended up all solitary-household homes, the perfectly-heeled loved ones who owned the total home did have a staff members, like a butler. In 1880, other than for the few apartment buildings, the kitchens wherever the major cooking was carried out was in the basement. Of course, exactly where my bed room is.

Somewhere, there was a dumbwaiter that introduced the foodstuff up, and then final preparations had been created in the butler’s pantry.

Since this place was partly visible from the dining room, it would’ve been interesting, albeit even now utilitarian. However, the butler’s pantry was also where the family’s fine china, silver, and other valuables were held. It was the butler’s position to ensure that it was taken care of.


In the very last yr and a half, I’ve designed a fifty percent-hearted try at getting the First floorplan of my home’s very first flooring (parlor degree).


I want to verify what I think to be correct about this house prior to it was lower up into five independent households.

The residences in the Back again Bay commenced all around 1860 nonetheless, I have identified that it was not until eventually 1880 that any individual assumed to keep documents of the primary architectural drawings. But, not all of the households crafted in 1880 and outside of have the documents. These are held at the Boston Community Library, I imagine.

My property was designed by a well-liked architect, Samuel D. Kelley.

I read through that Mr. Kelley made more than 150 homes in Back again Bay. Having said that, while prolific, he was not acknowledged for executing everything notably modern or jaw-dropping. In other terms, he was an early forerunner of the custom-dwelling-builder-developer.


These days, I had a lightbulb instant.


Considering the fact that we know that Mr. Kelley was rather a lot “phoning it in” (with a single of all those newfangled devices), I figured that there are possibly quite a few homes in Boston’s Back again Bay that are identical to my residence. And, probably one particular of those people has a floor system.

Effectively, as you have almost certainly figured out, I strike paydirt pretty early even though hunting the listing of houses in Again Bay Properties designed by Samuel Dudley Kelley.

Dudley??? Genuinely???


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I’m presuming these are not design drawings. Even so, if they are, it would make clear why some of the authentic characteristics in my residence are disconcertingly off-middle.

In the above case in point, this home has a bonus basement (backyard) prepare. It is almost similar to my residence, other than it’s the reverse. As expected, that uncomfortable door to my bedroom, which wants to get moved, was an authentic entrance into what was initially the kitchen.

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


The only difference below is a slight one particular with the placement of the back staircase and the configuration of the main staircase. Nevertheless, I uncovered one more property, also in reverse, that is even nearer to mine, except there is no bay window in the eating room.


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

The only other difference is that the back staircase really operates less than the principal staircase. The place the stairs are in these two properties is the place my 2nd lavatory is found. However, it can make perception to place the stairs in which these are for immediate obtain to the butler’s pantry.

But, where by the reception place is, my kitchen area is positioned.

And, there is the major doorway, previously major to the dining room, but is now my residing home. The windows are the exact, much too.


For comparison, underneath are a few of other ground strategies by architects who are not phoning it in and are identified for their outstanding get the job done.


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Above is 305 Commonwealth Ave., completed in 1887. The architectural firm was Peabody and Stearns. Be sure to observe that in this scenario, the butler’s pantry was referred to as the “china closet.” And indeed, it also integrated a vault.

Just one more.


306 Dartmouth St-peabody-stearns-first-floor

Peabody and Stearns also developed 306 Dartmouth Avenue. It is a corner mansion that has lately been heading via a large renovation. I took some photographs of it final spring and the beautiful greenhouse. You can see the finish established of architectural designs below.

As you can see, they are really fragile and I have an understanding of that they are out there at the Boston Community Library. I think just one wants to make an appointment to see them, but we are not permitted to touch them.



By the way, I just took a glimpse at that publish from previous spring, and when you have a possibility, remember to check out 169 Commonwealth Ave.


I walked earlier it the other night time, and my eyeballs almost fell out of my head, for the reason that the architecture is not to be thought and the kitchen is magnificent much too! at?v=kOEgBxvBy-k

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

Let’s zero in on that wonderful pantry at 306 Dartmouth Avenue.


306 Dartmouth St. Butler


Yet again, it is called the china closet.


306 Dartmouth Street Boston, MA Spring 2022

Coincidentally, I took an additional picture of 306 Dartmouth Road two months back when the early spring trees bloomed.

If you are fascinated, you should browse about 306 Dartmouth Road which is right about the corner from me. This is a url to it in Back Bay Houses. They even have a photo from 1875 demonstrating the newly created household and vacant heaps all all over it!


Talking of intestine renovations, a few of months ago, I was on my way to a gathering and going for walks down Comm Ave.


haha. You’re not permitted to contact the exterior of our Boston Back again Bay Beauties, but evidently, it is okay to disembowel them.

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

260 Comm Ave via Back Bay Houses

Over is an picture through Back again Bay Residences just before their innards were extracted.


On a hunch, I just had to test.


And, sure, Samuel Dudley Kelley was certainly the unique architect. This is not the to start with time 1 of his structures bought strike with a sledgehammer.


he sisters 128-130 Commonwealth AveBoston Christmas 2021


Variety 128 and 130 not only experienced an exterior facelift, but the inside also had a gut renovation. (There is a pretty daytime shot in this article prior to I moved to Boston.) However, I really don’t imagine they took down all of the partitions when they redid the “sisters” about 110 several years back.

Like the title explained, the butler’s pantry like you’ve by no means seen it. All of them nowadays are in strategy check out. But, I guarantee to share some real rooms.

Aspect II with some truly amazing butler’s pantries is coming Wednesday. And, possibly another surprise or two.


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