|Bringing Back Holleywood
Happily, the only impact of the hurricane at Holleywood was the unseasonable return of the vernal ponds. Some say the ponds formed originally because so much stone was extracted from the ground for building. Others contend that the ponds are a recent phenomenon. But this is belied by the photo below, from a 1930s glass plate found by Cynthia Hochswender in the archives of the Lakeville Journal. The photo shows that the ponds were alive and well-filled back when the west entrance was used as a formal driveway.
Once roof tiles and gutters are chosen, we decide on shade of chimney bricks.
Roofs need replacing, which we knew would be one of the major expenses. But who knew there were so many types of roofs to choose from? Only thing we're sure of is we do NOT want to go through this process again. Upon advice of architect and contractor, we decide on tin tiles in terra cotta color with a necklace of copper gutter pipes that will age beautifully to veridian. It's a "lifetime" roof, which means 90 years. I try to imagine the place in 2101. As impossible as it would have been for Gov. Holley to picture his cherished manse in 2011.
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.