You have arrived at the Butler’s Pantry. This room was used by the staff as a staging ground for meals. The Ragdale blue color was selected by Frederic who admired how it was used in the home of his friend, noted architect Howard Van Doren Shaw.
Evelyn Bartlett had a refined decorative sense and would combine different pieces of china and glassware to create artistic table tops. Her artist’s eye was used in her china and glassware collecting. A houseguest staying for a week would never see the same combination of dishes more than once during their visit.
In the cabinet to the right of the doorway to the dining room, you will see Evie’s dishes. Evie Lilly was the daughter of Evelyn and Eli Lilly. She made these ceramics and hand painted them as a gift for her mother. All told, there were four artists in the family, Evie, Clay (Frederic’s son), Evelyn, and Frederic.
Now look through the pass through door to the Kitchen.