This is a great – and looks like a relatively recent – image of the front of Butterworth Hall. The photo was taken from the driveway outlined in the original Olmsted landscape plan.
The Butterworth Living Room is on the first floor, on the left in this photo where the bay window – made up of three individual windows – is located.
The two windows to the right of the bay window were in a small room the Hartford College for Women admissions team used for interviews and one-on-one meetings with students and potential students. This room was entered through a wood panel door that I believe was either soundproofed or double insulated at one time because the door was extraordinarily thick. I recall Larry Jesse mentioning that this room was used by the Seaverns family chauffeur as a work and valet area for coordinating family car trips and when visitors came to the estate by car. The room was located directly across – perhaps fifteen feet away – from the reception desk in the main hall. A desk and small couch were the main pieces of furniture in this room when I started at the college. I don’t remember this room being used for anything but storage after the HCW/U of H merger.
The two windows to the right of the front door were inside Anne Baldwin’s office. Anne was Director of Admissions when I started at HCW. The double paneled doors that led into this room were right across from double doors that led into the Butterworth Living Room. This room had a fireplace on the wall across from the entrance to the room. Michael Mills, who came to HCW from U of H as Assistant Dean, occupied this office after the merger.
The next bay window was inside the reading room of the HCW Library. I believe this was the dining room when the home belonged to the Seaverns family. There was a large panel door in the main hall across from the grand stairway – and to the left of the student bulletin boards – that led into this room. But that door was usually closed and wasn’t typically used as an entrance into the space. Rather, the reading room was entered from inside the HCW Library. There was a fireplace located on the wall across from the bay window. Many important historical photos and HCW memorabilia were located – and cared for – in the HCW reading room.
The last two first floor windows on the right in this image were inside the HCW Library. This is where bookcases, shelving and card catalog files were located. This relatively small room was entered from the main hall. Teddy Newlands, HCW’s long-time and much-loved librarian, had an office to the left after entering this room.
An exterior door leading out to a small back porch and to the Asylum Avenue entrance to the HCW campus was located on the wall across from the entrance to this room. There was a wood bench on the porch to the right of the door after you left the building. Many important meetings – both formal and informal – took place on the back porch during my time at HCW.
Stairs to the basement were located outside in the library area by the back porch. I was only in the basement once with Larry Jesse. I believe he went down after a power outage occurred in the building during the installation of HCW’s first networked computer system. I tagged along. I don’t remember much about how the basement looked, but I do recall several brick support columns running from the floor to the ceiling located in the area where I had followed Larry down.
Teddy Newlands’ office window can not be seen in this image. Her office was on the left, about fifteen or twenty feet away from the door leading from the main hall into the library. Teddy’s office was small, about ten feet by eight feet. It was entered through a single dutch door with glass on top and wood on the bottom. Her desk faced the door and her window, which was located to the right of her desk when she was seated, faced the back of Butterworth Hall. Teddy had a view of the back entrance to the building and the green directly behind Butterworth Hall when she was sitting at her desk.
Directly behind Teddy’s desk was a wall with a door that led into the the library book stacks. This area of the library was built in the early 1960s as an addition to Butterworth Hall This room was approximately 50 feet by 50 feet in size and included a cement stairway leading down to a same-sized basement room. The basement housed more book stacks and a handful of private study and reading desks.
The office of Mary Ellen Burns (MEBs) was located over the Butterworth Living Room. The first bay window visible on the second floor on the left in this image was in her office. This is the office where I had my first HCW interview. Mary Ellen’s back faced the bay window when she was sitting at her desk. This was a relatively large room. There was a good-sized closet to the left after entering the room and a window looking out toward Lorenz Hall on the wall on the opposite side of the room. Mary Ellen had several book shelves and beige metal filing cabinets in this room.
The single window to the right of the bay window on the second floor was located in a bathroom. The bathroom was reached by turning right after coming upstairs and following the hallway to the left and all the way to the end. Turning right at the end of that hallway brought you into Mary Ellen’s office. Turning left brought you into the bathroom.
The bathroom was simple and relatively small given the grandness of the home. There was a sink – with no cabinetry underneath -immediately to the right after entering the room and a toilet on the wall opposite the sink. The window seen in the image above was in between the toilet and the sink. An average to good-sized tub was located right across from the door entering the room, to the left of the toilet. I don’t know if the fixtures – including faucets and spigots – in this room were original to when the bathroom was first installed. They were in generally fine shape, but they definitely seemed old and somewhat bulky when my office was in this house. The lower part of the walls were tiled in white. The floor was made up of much smaller white tiles.
The window to the right of the single bathroom window was in another relatively simple private bathroom inside Henry Enright’s office area. The fixtures in this bathroom were blue. A toilet was located across from the door, a sink to the right of the toilet and a shower/tub combination to the right of the sink. The window seen in the image above was to the left of the toilet after entering the room. Some of the bathroom walls were covered in dark blue and turquoise colored tile.
Henry was VP of Development when I came to HCW. I was only in his office a few times given Henry moved to U of H shortly after the merger took place. The window to the left of the blue bathroom was in Henry’s office. That window was behind Henry when he was sitting at his desk. As I recall, Henry’s office was furnished with a few simple antiques – including matching chairs across from his desk and a mirror on the wall to the left after coming into the room. The space – at least during pre-merger days – seemed more elegant than any of the other offices in the building.
Henry’s office was generally entered through his assistant’s office.This room had a fireplace on the wall to the left after entering the room from the main second floor hallway. A small conference table – where many envelope stuffing projects took place – was located in front of the fireplace. Henry’s assistant’s desk faced the entrance to the room. Her back faced the two windows in this room when she was seated at her desk.
These two offices were occupied by the HCW legal department after the merger with U of H. The legal department had been based in the HCW Counseling Center, which was located in another stately, but much smaller home, on Elizabeth Street, somewhat behind Larry Jesse’s garage.
Sharon Pope was based in Henry’s former office and Joan Metcalfe took over the office of Henry’s assistant after the merger. Sharon and Joan were welcome additions to Butterworth Hall given so many of the offices in the building were empty after the merger dust had settled.
The next bay window on the second floor was in Kathleen McGrory’s office. This comfortable, very large and somewhat formal room was known as the President’s Office when I came to HCW. My second HCW interview took place in this room in 1990. This is when I first met Kathleen after interviewing with MEBs a few days earlier. This room had two long conference tables made of heavy wood and set-up end-to-end in the center of the room. The tables were surrounded by fifteen or so wood and rail arm/captain’s chairs. Kathleen sat on the left side of the table and I sat directly across from her – on the right after entering the room – during my interview. Kathleen’s desk was directly behind her facing out into the center of the room. A large fireplace was located directly behind me. The bay window seen in this image was way off to my right. Two matching arm chairs and a small conference table were located in front of the bay window. Many staff and faculty meetings took place around the conference tables in this room during my time at HCW. This room became Sue Blanshan’s office when Sue joined HCW as Dean of the college.
Turning right after leaving this room led into the second floor hallway heading toward the Asylum Avenue side of the house. My third and last office in Butterworth Hall was the first office on the left after leaving the President’s Office and turning right. Alison Derrick occupied this office when I came to work at HCW. We shared a Mac, as I recall, one of two Apple computers in Butterworth Hall at the time – and many, many good times in this office – both together and with other faculty and staff members during our time working at HCW. Alison resigned from HCW about a year after the U of H merger was announced.
Continuing five or six feet down the hall led to a few stairs heading down.
Turing right after coming down these stairs led into the copy room. This room was maybe 8 feet by 15 feet in size. This space was likely a linen and storage closet – and a servant’s prep room – when the house belonged to the Seaverns family. There were shelves and built-in cabinets where office supplies were stored on the left after entering this room. There was also a window looking out toward Asylum Avenue and a counter and work space in this area. More cabinets and counter space were located on the wall opposite the door used to come into the room. The copy machine was on the right.
Turning left after coming down the few stairs in this area led into a hallway leading to the back of the house. My first office – and Laura Johnson’s bedroom during her time at the college – was entered through a door at the end of this hallway.
This room had a fireplace in the center of the wall on the right diagonally across from the door leading into the room. There was a closet – one with a dumbwaiter – with built-in shelves located on each side of the fireplace. A french door leading out to a small covered balcony was located on the wall across from the fireplace. A single door leading into closet space and the offices of Carolyn and Gertrude was located on the wall to the right after coming into the room from the hallway.
I originally shared this office with Mary Jane Crosson – who was director of the HCW adult lecture series when I started at HCW – and an intern who was working with MEBs on the Cheney business plan. All of us had matching heavy gray metal teacher-style desks that faced the wall with the balcony. Mary Jane had her desk set up so that it extended out from the wall to the right of the balcony. The intern’s desk was right behind Mary Jane’s. My desk extended into the room from the wall on the right after coming into the room from the hallway. The fireplace was behind me when I was seated at my desk. The door to the closet space – where portable metal typewriter stands were stored – and to Carolyn and Gertrude’s office and work areas was behind me on my left when I was seated at my desk.
Mary Jane was let go shortly after faculty and staff had received notice that the U of H merger may be in the works. The intern had finished up her assignment and was gone. This meant I was in this office alone while the HCW/U of H merger progressed. Soon after, I moved to my second office in Butterworth Hall, which was located in the back of the building over the grand stairway – the first office on the right after coming up the stairs and turning right.
My first office stayed empty for a while until it was updated with a fresh coat of paint – moving from the standard HCW office beige to a light mauve color – and new lighting fixtures and details. Jane Barstow moved into this office next, followed by Kathy Teso, who was hired after the merger to manage HCW development efforts within the U of H structure.
The attic was entered from a door located in the hallway on the right immediately before entering my first office. I was only in the attic a few times. Once as part of a long-term space planning committee, once on a tour with Alison Derrick and once with Bess Lewis, Marielle Hickey, Beth Davis and Deb Stillman when we looking for costumes for participating in the annual Shakespearean festival. Beth and I had been recruited to play Romeo (a role historically played by Oliver Butterworth) and Juliet as part of the annual celebration managed by Bess Lewis and the student affairs team.
The last two windows visible on the second floor on the right in this image were in Carolyn and Gertrude’s office. This room was entered by continuing straight after coming down the few stairs in the hallway and passing the copy room on the right and the hallway toward the attic stairs and my first office on the left.
Published on December 20, 2015
Photo via U of H wallpaper images page. – Russ DeVeau