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



Hello Everyone,

Ahhh… this was meant to be just one publish. However, I received so into the first section that the next portion will have to wait until mid-7 days.

But, what a splendid week it is been in Boston. The weather’s been wonderful, and my attractive son was here for a brief stop by as he had a trombone gig.


Cale Israel trombone gigging in Boston June 2022

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

Believe that it or not, I’m continue to doing work on my kitchen layout. I’ve generally mentioned that I want it to seem far more like a Victorian butler’s pantry.


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


Back again in the working day, when these were all solitary-spouse and children properties, the very well-heeled family who owned the complete home did have a staff, together with a butler. In 1880, besides for the few condominium buildings, the kitchens where the heavy cooking was performed was in the basement. Certainly, wherever my bedroom is.

Someplace, there was a dumbwaiter that introduced the foodstuff up, and then ultimate preparations ended up manufactured in the butler’s pantry.

Since this area was partially visible from the eating room, it would’ve been beautiful, albeit continue to utilitarian. On the other hand, the butler’s pantry was also where by the family’s fine china, silver, and other valuables were being held. It was the butler’s career to make sure that it was taken treatment of.


In the last yr and a half, I’ve manufactured a 50 %-hearted try at discovering the First floorplan of my home’s 1st flooring (parlor level).


I want to validate what I feel to be true about this residence in advance of it was slice up into five separate residences.

The houses in the Back again Bay commenced around 1860 on the other hand, I have uncovered that it wasn’t until eventually 1880 that anyone believed to retain records of the initial architectural drawings. But, not all of the houses crafted in 1880 and further than have the documents. These are held at the Boston Community Library, I think.

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

I read that Mr. Kelley designed about 150 properties in Back Bay. Having said that, though prolific, he was not regarded for doing everything specifically innovative or jaw-dropping. In other words and phrases, he was an early forerunner of the custom made-house-builder-developer.


Today, I had a lightbulb moment.


Because we know that Mr. Kelley was rather significantly “phoning it in” (with one of individuals newfangled devices), I figured that there are likely a number of households in Boston’s Back again Bay that are related to my property. And, possibly just one of these has a ground program.

Very well, as you’ve probably figured out, I strike paydirt very early while hunting the record of residences in Again Bay Homes intended by Samuel Dudley Kelley.

Dudley??? Actually???


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I’m presuming these are not construction drawings. Nonetheless, if they are, it would clarify why some of the original functions in my house are disconcertingly off-center.

In the previously mentioned instance, this property has a bonus basement (garden) prepare. It is virtually similar to my dwelling, except it’s the reverse. As anticipated, that uncomfortable door to my bedroom, which wants to get moved, was an original entrance into what was initially the kitchen area.

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


The only big difference here is a small a single with the placement of the back again staircase and the configuration of the most important staircase. On the other hand, I located one more house, also in reverse, that is even closer to mine, except there is no bay window in the dining space.


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

The only other variation is that the back staircase really runs below the main staircase. Where by the stairs are in these two households is where by my 2nd bathroom is positioned. Nevertheless, it makes perception to set the stairs in which these are for immediate access to the butler’s pantry.

But, wherever the reception place is, my kitchen is found.

And, there is the major doorway, formerly foremost to the eating area, but is now my dwelling space. The windows are the exact same, far too.


For comparison, down below are a few of other floor ideas by architects who are not phoning it in and are known for their good do the job.


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

Higher than is 305 Commonwealth Ave., accomplished in 1887. The architectural company was Peabody and Stearns. You should take note that in this case, the butler’s pantry was referred to as the “china closet.” And certainly, it also provided a vault.

One particular extra.


306 Dartmouth St-peabody-stearns-first-floor

Peabody and Stearns also built 306 Dartmouth Road. It is a corner mansion that has just lately been going by way of a huge renovation. I took some pictures of it final spring and the beautiful greenhouse. You can see the comprehensive established of architectural options here.

As you can see, they are really fragile and I recognize that they are accessible at the Boston General public Library. I think a person wants to make an appointment to see them, but we are not allowed to contact them.



By the way, I just took a glimpse at that put up from last spring, and when you have a possibility, make sure you check out out 169 Commonwealth Ave.


I walked past it the other night time, and my eyeballs practically fell out of my head, since the architecture is not to be thought and the kitchen is attractive much too!


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

Let’s zero in on that gorgeous pantry at 306 Dartmouth Street.


306 Dartmouth St. Butler


Yet again, it is identified as the china closet.


306 Dartmouth Street Boston, MA Spring 2022

Coincidentally, I took another photo of 306 Dartmouth Road two months ago when the early spring trees bloomed.

If you are intrigued, be sure to read about 306 Dartmouth Avenue which is ideal about the corner from me. This is a hyperlink to it in Again Bay Homes. They even have a photo from 1875 demonstrating the freshly designed home and vacant a lot all all-around it!


Talking of gut renovations, a couple of weeks back, I was on my way to a collecting and walking down Comm Ave.


haha. You are not permitted to touch the exterior of our Boston Back again Bay Beauties, but apparently, it’s all right to disembowel them.

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

260 Comm Ave via Back Bay Houses

Higher than is an impression via Again Bay Residences right before their innards were extracted.


On a hunch, I just had to examine.


And, yes, Samuel Dudley Kelley was without a doubt the primary architect. This is not the initial time a single of his buildings got strike with a sledgehammer.


he sisters 128-130 Commonwealth AveBoston Christmas 2021


Amount 128 and 130 not only experienced an exterior facelift, but the within also had a intestine renovation. (There’s a lovely daytime shot in this put up right before I moved to Boston.) On the other hand, I never imagine they took down all of the walls when they redid the “sisters” about 110 years ago.

Like the title stated, the butler’s pantry like you have never seen it. All of them right now are in program view. But, I promise to share some true rooms.

Section II with some genuinely spectacular butler’s pantries is coming Wednesday. And, maybe an additional shock or two.


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