|Bringing Back Holleywood
View from newly painted master bedroom, to ensuite bath. Old iron steam radiator is work of art, I think.
One of the most emailed articles from today's New York Times is titled "Avoiding the Misery of Remodeling by Choosing the Right Contractor." Countless times, Donald and I have felt lucky to be working with Anderson Consulting, a local husband-wife team who specializes in old houses. That they are indubitably right for Holleywood was reaffirmed yesterday when subcontractor Bill discovered that the ceiling in a living room closet bore remnants of original Italianate handpainting. Less savvy workers might have admired it momentarily before continuing with the task of preparing the walls and thus it would have been lost forever. Bill, on the other hand, knew what he'd found and soon everyone was gathered, taking turns with the flashlight, marvelling at the discovery, giddy with ideas for preservation.
Kitchen demolition has begun but one thing we're leaving intact (aside from the Glenwood) is the wall-mounted bell register. A typewritten, plasticized card on the box identifies the room in which each bell rings. Unbelievably, the system still works-- at least in one room: the dining room aka "parlor." I marvel that bell service was thought necessary in bathrooms. To call for more toilet paper?
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.