|Bringing Back Holleywood||
The first gift to the house was this vintage metal sink which Rob and Ellen, the contractors, "had been saving for someplace special." Note artful piping by plumber Mike O'Connor (Perotti's).
the importance of lighting
is demonstrated by cool elegance of original fixture in second floor hall bath and what looks like a bug light in ceiling.
View from newly painted master bedroom, to ensuite bath. Old iron steam radiator is work of art, I think.
Powder rooms on the first floor were gutted and flooring removed and replaced with new boards of old wood.
giving the bath a bath
This Mott bathtub was installed in the house in 1915. Once it was scraped and cleaned and polished, it looked new.
There were two existing powder rooms on the first floor. We think the one under the center stairs was added around 1915. The one in the den was put in in the 1930s for John Rudd's grandmother who came for long visits, when she could no longer navigate steps to a second floor bedroom. Both of those powder rooms have been gutted and the contractor was horrified to see that neither of them had any foundations. Beneath the floor in each was only dirt. No wonder the porcelain was always so cold! We've cleaned up the earthen cavity (thanks, Bill!) and added insulation and tucked slim heat registers behind sinks where they'll be unobtrusive but invaluable to visitors on a cold, winter day. Should winter ever come again. Is February the new spring??
Tile in all five upstairs bathrooms will be white subway tile installed by Billy who is noted for his craft in the medium.
Clawfoot tub (originally set up on April 21, 1915, according to signatures!) is removed for cleaning and will be reinstalled in bath in the second floor service wing.
drawings come to life
Frank the architect oversees progress of closet-turned-bathroom in bedroom that was formerly used by the Rudds as the master.
We're transforming a closet into a bathroom, in the second floor bedroom across from the tower room. (The former owners used it as their master.) To give the boxy bathroom more charm, we're adding wainscotting.
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.