|Bringing Back Holleywood||
twists and turns
Jason and the painters have sanded and oiled and painted and waxed stairways to perfection. Rear rails were gift of Rob and Ellen, a find from New Orleans. Window opening in stairwell passage went unrailed for years. How did generations of Rudd children growing up here survive?
old papers in the library
Remember when Bill happened upon remnants of original ceiling and wall treatments in a closet? Similar discovery this week. While taking out bottom drawers of 1860 bookcase in the living room, Jason uncovered hand blocked wallpaper that must have been applied in 1853, before cases were built.
reviving the library
One of the most impressive features of the house is the 10 ft tall bookcase built into the living room in 1860. The case is intact, but in need of a good cleaning and oiling which Jason and Charlie achieved after many hours and many rags.
bringing back bannisters
Each of the bannister rails is stripped and oiled, not once but three times. Two coats of wax are applied, to keep the wood glossy until the next restoration.
These wooden shutters were original to the 1860 renovation when the first floor was enlarged. Oh, the craftsmanship. Both then, and now. Thanks to the dedication of Jason Hanley and his team who rehinged the shutters, repainted and rehung them, they now fold perfectly into the wall just like they did when Governor Holley and Sarah Coit Day turned in for the night.
choreography, with brushes
It's a testament to dedication of the contractors (who don't take on more than one job at a time) and the work of their team of craftsmen and artisans that owners are still happy this far along on a job.
getting the lead out
The secret to a great painting job is in the prep. Jason and Charlie have spent days scraping down woodwork, removing literally a ton of lead paint.
Painters Jason and Charlie prepare walls in first floor den, getting ready for return of the plasterers next week.
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.