|Bringing Back Holleywood||
small details, big difference
The difference between a good restoration and a great one lies in the details. Aimee Davis has been patiently attending to hinges, hooks, ceiling globes and other small items that make a big statement when they're cleaned and shiny as when they were new.
South-facing windows in the den have had to be taken apart and sashes repaired. The house was unsettled here and there were gaps below the sills. "You could see right out below the windows," Ellen says. She and Rob speculate that perhaps a limb of the tulip tree fell and hit the back of the house, breaking windows and unsettling this part of the house a long time ago. The sash fixes and replacement hardware were about 100 years old.
Jason the painter removes painted hinges from doors to strip and clean them, restoring them to their original beauty. If purchased new, "antiqued" door hinges could cost up to $100 apiece. And they wouldn't be nearly as solid and heavy as these crafted in 1853.
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.