|Bringing Back Holleywood
Ron the electrician and his assistant Kyle restore bell butler in kitchen that once rang servants to all parts of the house. Alas, no butler answered the call.
Ron Carpenter, an electrician who specializes in challenges presented by old houses, presented us with a doorbell salvaged from his firehouse in Canaan. It's brass and metal and oh so solid with a commanding ring far more satisfying than the frilly trills and melodies produced by doorbells made today. He mounted it by the original front doors.
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.
In keeping with the vintage feel of Holleywood, Ron the electrician is installing old fashioned knob switches (with modern dimming feature) and framing electric outlets with brass plates.
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.