|Bringing Back Holleywood||
We installed a wood burning stove in the fireplace in the den, which required the removal of three layers of brick. One of the brick was painted "AH Holley Millerton" which we assume topped a shipment sent to him by train. Can't you just see the loaded horse cart making its way to Holleywood on Millerton Road?
Three layers of brick were removed to fit this wood burning stove inside fireplace in the den. The mantle is glass painted on the inside, from the Beaux Arts era. One of the bricks removed must have been the top brick on a stack shipped by train to Governor Holley.
Hidden for decades under layers of white paint was this gorgeous tiger's eye marble fireplace in the parlor.
We welcome a visit from across-the-street neighbors who are old hands at the adventure we've embarked upon. Tom and Luis have renovated several historic houses in the area, including this 1768 home Governor Holley grew up in, which was a museum for many years, before they bought it from the town of Salisbury. Their Holley-Williams House (like our Holleywood) was in the same family for 150 years before it became a museum showcasing 19th century domestic life. (One of our daughter's favorite birthdays was one she celebrated there, a dress-up party complete with vintage petticoats and corsets.) When the house became too much for the Salisbury Association to maintain, Tom and Luis bought it and launched a restoration campaign to bring the place back to its former glory, devoting loving attention to each detail, from fluting of grand Ionic columns on the front porch to enhancing grain of wide planks in the antique barn. Having completed its revival, the challenge is over for them and they're making the home available for someone else to enjoy. (See sale listing here.)
Below, Luis points out that the fireplace in our den which I thought was black marble is actually glass painted Chinese-style on the inside. "Beaux Arts!" he informs, admiringly.
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.