|Bringing Back Holleywood||
Turns out that writing on windows was something they did at the Gatehouse, too. Thanks to Lindsey for waiting for just the right light to capture this shot from their dining room window.
Yesterday, Frank Garretson had the idea to clean up the stone wall at the former entrance to the property, which leads to an old drive just to the right of the Christmas tree. (Where Ellen is pointing.) We won't reopen the old drive (too hazardous now that the road is so much higher) but will clear away the scrub where the property meets the street. In season, this will provide drivers with lovely views of vernal ponds separated by what remains of the drive, a grassy sweep.
Jason the painter (who created the signage for Hotchkiss Library in Sharon) replicated the original Holleywood sign for us. Due to fortuitous similarity in surnames, the only change he had to make in the design was three letters.
Gatehouse resident Troy Tatsapaugh alerts us to the need for a new sign at the entrance. The one hanging now is jerry-rigged in place with a Christmas wreath holder. I love the old painted wood sign, its elegant simplicity. It occurs to me how fortuitous is the similarity of our surname to that of the seller. All we'll have to do is repaint three letters.
Service accounts have been switched to our name and we receive the first bill for upkeep at Holleywood. It's from the snowplower. The statement isn't printed, it's written by hand and includes a kind note penned at the bottom: PS. Welcome to Town. I'm warmed by this evocation of an earlier, gracious age, then disappointed to see that the balance due reflects the realities of our modern day era.
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.