|Bringing Back Holleywood||
Holleywood isn't fit for partying yet, but we took advantage of a glorious spring evening to toast a friend's birthday on the soon-to-be-screened west porch.
According to history of the house provided by the seller, John Holley Rudd, the last major renovation took place in 1915 when his grandfather Charles Edward Rudd inherited the house from his mother Maria Holley Rudd. Charles Rudd engaged architect Gerard Fountain to do a restoration that included a new roof, enlarging second floor bedrooms, updating plumbing, adding electricity and complete cleaning and repainting of interior woodwork on the first two floors. The year is marked on tub and stairwell. We'll add 2012 on the next step. And imagine renovators in 2112 following suit.
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.
We installed a wood burning stove in the fireplace in the den, which required the removal of three layers of brick. One of the brick was painted "AH Holley Millerton" which we assume topped a shipment sent to him by train. Can't you just see the loaded horse cart making its way to Holleywood on Millerton Road?
Rob is making good progress on cabinets of Douglas fir he milled on site. Tile splash in the kitchen doesn't cut off where the stove will be, it extends all the way down to the floor. Tiles aren't repro, they are original subway tiles, another gem acquired from Demolition Depot. Vintage subway tiles have a special gleam from a glaze that can't be achieved today. Why? It's illegal. Original glaze was made using arsenic. Bon appetit!
View from newly painted master bedroom, to ensuite bath. Old iron steam radiator is work of art, I think.
Frank Garretson discusses plans for upgrading lakeside boathouse: screened porch, new roof and accordion glass doors will be submitted to the Historic District Commission for approval.
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.