|Bringing Back Holleywood||
lighting the way
Lantern light fixtures, inherited from friend Kathy Voldstad, throw lovely shadow designs on ceiling in second floor hallway. Glass "smoke chambers" used to protect ceilings from smoke damage when lanterns were oil.
the importance of lighting
is demonstrated by cool elegance of original fixture in second floor hall bath and what looks like a bug light in ceiling.
View from newly painted master bedroom, to ensuite bath. Old iron steam radiator is work of art, I think.
Kyle, electrician working with Ron Carpenter, has set up shop in the basement where he's taken on the daunting task of rewiring and repairing all the old brass fixtures installed in 1915. We're reusing every one. According to the history compiled by John Holley Rudd, Holleywood was the second building in Salisbury to be electrified. The first was the Holley Knife Factory.
We've begun foraging for furniture, although we're still months away from moving in. A round reading table found at Millerton Antiques seemed made for the master tower room.
In keeping with the vintage feel of Holleywood, Ron the electrician is installing old fashioned knob switches (with modern dimming feature) and framing electric outlets with brass plates.
let there be light in the turret
For the hexagonal turret, we found an octagonal fixture, thanks to Evan Blum who curates thousands of vintage artifacts at Demolition Depot.
lights, camera, action
Ron, the electrician, checks height of dramatic new sconce for living room. All the new lighting is actually old. Some of the new fixtures were originally gaslights. Ron ensures that old fixtures conform to modern standards of safety. Plain brass sconce will be reused on third floor.
Every few weeks or so, the team gets together to evaluate progress and discuss plans. Here, the owner, decorator, architect and contractor discuss progress on the roof, and proposed fixtures for the entrance.
I've never seen one before. It's a tissue overlay on the architect's drawing that lays out where light switches and fixtures go. At first glance, I mistook the symbols for dollar signs--which seemed to be appropriate labels.
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.