|Bringing Back Holleywood
For the hexagonal turret, we found an octagonal fixture, thanks to Evan Blum who curates thousands of vintage artifacts at Demolition Depot.
Renovation is about being open to changes--and not necessarily the ones you expect. Remember the luxurious bath we planned for the turret? Yes, pipes have been artfully laid beneath floorboards, and in octagon wall for the plumbing. But. We decide that a bath isn't best use of the space. The ensuite master bath will be one that was formerly shared and the charming turret room off the bedroom with Juliet balcony and stunning light will be preserved for reading or dreaming or writing or looking out on the world.
Special care must be taken with old glass in the tower. Here, Charlie gingerly removes a pane for glazing.
Just off the master bedroom is a small octagonal room, a part of the turret, with lake views and a (crumbling) Juliette balcony. We think of turning it into an office or study, then Frank the architect has a better idea: put a clawfoot tub in the center of the room and turn it into a quirky, luxurious place to bathe. Donald, whose favorite form of decompression is a hot bath, loves this idea. Rob, the contractor, worries about pipe runs and measurements, so Frank gets down on the floor, assuming "bathtub position" to demonstrate how the placement could work.
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.