Visitors to the Mansion often mistake the Butler’s Pantry for the kitchen, an understandable error considering the two rooms served as functional companions. Meal preparation took place in the mint-green kitchen (see the picture on the right), originally located in today’s Main Hallway, and the Butler’s Pantry (picture on the left) existed as a utility and staging area. Here, cooked and prepared food was plated and loaded onto a cart to serve to hungry guests. Notice the sloped floor leading into the dining room. This slope was a welcome relief for servants guiding heavy carts laden with dishes, utensils, and food. The Butler’s Pantry also features many cabinets and drawers, serving dish and utensil storage, and a large vault which housed valuable objects such as fine china, silver, and linens. Other unique features in the room include two solid nickel sinks intersected by an S-curved divider, and an oddly shaped ceiling, the result of the addition of a grand staircase to the second floor. A servant’s call box originally occupied the room’s east wall. This handy device was connected to a house-wide system in which the push of a button, for instance, from an owner’s bedroom would raise a flag in the call box, signaling the servants where help was needed.
The Butler’s Pantry originally existed as a kitchen for the first home built by Samuel Allen Long in 1891 and was probably expanded during the dining room addition sometime before the 1920s.