Porte – couchere

The porte-cochere entrance was added along with the new library in 1917. The Butterworts’ guests could arrive on the property conveniently from 8th Street and exit on 11th Avenue. After being dropped off, guests entered the home through the porte-cochere entrance, removing their coats before walking up the staircase to the first floor to be greeted by the Butterworths.


The northwest exterior of the porte-cochere entrance c. 1920-1925


The elaborate double doors, made from metal with a brass “B” insert for “Butterworth,” provide a striking first impression for everyone that enters.


Porte-cochere entry area:

The ceiling of the port-cochere entry area displays a variety of painted animals and plants. Each animal bears significance from a religious perspective. For example, three fish forming a circle signify the rite of baptism or the Holy Trinity. The leviathan, located closest to the inside doors, is a sea monster referenced in several books of the Hebrew Bible.