This section is from the book "A Treatise On Architecture And Building Construction Vol2: Masonry. Carpentry. Joinery", by The Colliery Engineer Co. Also available from Amazon: A Treatise On Architecture And Building Construction.
Butler's Pantry. There is no part of a private residence where the joiner is called upon to do so much work in a small space as in the butler's pantry. The pantry must contain a long table for the reception of the dishes, both before and after their service in the dining room; and a sink, well lighted from an adjacent window must be provided, in which to wash them, while a dresser opposite or over the long serving table will receive the dishes after they have been washed.
Fig. G9 shows the plan of a butler's pantry such as might exist in any private city house, the details of which would be applicable to any other residence, either city or suburban. The entrance a is provided with a sliding door, for economy of space. On the left at b is the long service table 18 inches wide, where the dishes are placed or the carving is done before the food is served in the dining room. At one end of this table is the dumb waiter c, while at the other end, at d, is the drip board of the sink. Opposite the serving table is e, the dresser for the dishes, below which are closets /, and drawers for silverware, dishes, etc., as shown more in detail in Fig. 70.
111. There is no work in the construction of these pantry fittings that has not already been described. The glazed doors of the dresser e', Fig. 70, are constructed in the same manner as a hinged window sash. When the dresser is not over 7 feet long, it is sometimes advantageous to close the front with three glazed sashes, which are plowed with a groove in the top and bottom rails, and are arranged to slide the full length of the dresser on hard-wood or metal tracks, which are secured just far enough apart to permit the sashes to clear one another in sliding. Or they may be made in pairs and hinged as shown on the elevation. The shelves in the dresser may be fixed permanently in place and varnished on both sides, so as to prevent any dust from sticking to them or collecting around the dishes. The drawers g' are provided for silverware, such as forks, knives, spoons, etc., and the shelves in the closets underneath are for linen and larger pieces of tableware, which cannot conveniently be put in the upper part.
The glazed closets e' are placed about 18 inches above the top of the linen closets f", thus leaving a long narrow sideboard between, the wall side of which is paneled, as shown at i', with plain, flat, unmolded panels, similar to those in the doors below. The glazed closet is secured against the wall, but is supported by means of metal or wooden brackets k, placed one at each end of the closet and one under each of the mullions d.
In the section shown in Fig. 71, the window at the end of the pantry is seen at a', and immediately under the window is the sink, as shown at g in Fig. 69. The board shelves over the serving table are seen in section at b', Fig. 71, and a section through the dresser shelves is shown at e'.
When the pantry is built in a suburban residence, it partakes more of the character of a storeroom, and requires at least one chest of smaller drawers, as shown at g in Fig. 70, for the stor age of coffee, tea, sugar, spices, etc., while at one end must be provided a proper compartment for a barrel or bag of flour.