|Bringing Back Holleywood||
Larry the landscaper wrangled a young apple tree from a quagmire of brambles and replanted it in the back, next to a house for bluebirds, which was a gift from the contractors.
The quality of a restoration shows up best in the basement, where workmanship goes unconcealed.
Kyle, electrician working with Ron Carpenter, has set up shop in the basement where he's taken on the daunting task of rewiring and repairing all the old brass fixtures installed in 1915. We're reusing every one. According to the history compiled by John Holley Rudd, Holleywood was the second building in Salisbury to be electrified. The first was the Holley Knife Factory.
Look closely and you'll see the outlines of Rudd family tools that hung in neat rows in the basement.
Beneath years of grime, we discovered gorgeous parquetry in both dining room and tower room off the parlor. After days of hand-scraping, the floors revealed exquisite artistry in white ash and mahogany with a hemlock center left plain for carpet. We'll strip chair rails in the dining room which are mahogany, too.
Some of Katherine's photos of Holleywood can be found here.
One idea for the walls of the powder rooms downstairs is to make wallpaper out of illustrated pages torn from atlases and cultural catalogs published in the 1850s. Here, Chris Brennan grids possible groupings of pages on the newly scraped floor of the den.
Colors, mixing cans, masks, tape, aprons, dropcloths--amazing how much paraphanelia it takes to paint an interior. Jason and Charley keep it all organized.
who we are
We are a couple of Upper West Siders from NYC who never set out to buy an old mansion in Connecticut. But the moment we walked through its massive front door, we were smitten. The info on this site is earnestly cobbled from a variety of sources, including the web. Please let us know if we've gotten something wrong, or if there's a story about Holleywood you'd like to share.