Butler’s Pantry

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.

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