Philip Butler (fl. 1848-1915)
Philip Butler established himself as a fresco painter as early as 1848. In 1891 he was advertising in the Newton Directory as Butler & Stenberg, Fresco and Decorative Artists. The molded plaster ornamentation in Boston's Tremont Temple was said to have been the high point of his career.
Butler built a house in Auburndale at 5 Vista Avenue in the mid-1890s and lived there until 1915. His great-grandson Austin Warren described the interior of the house: "the ceiling blue, like the heavens, and sprinkled with stars, was the last work of its kind done by great-grandfather Butler." Warren goes on to say that Butler painted "in both oil and watercolor, the latter perhaps the best." The Butler home, now known as Haskell House, is owned by Lasell College; his painting The Old Farm House hangs in the College Library.