|Bringing Back Holleywood||
Nephews from Ohio and Boston visited this weekend and the halls were alive with the sound of their music.
A deep, dry well was discovered while resetting stone steps from the kitchen porch. Rob went down to look for buried treasure. Nada. Perhaps well was used to collect overflow from the cistern? The hole is now filled and you'd never know it was there.
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?
Thanks to Cynthia Hochswender, editor of The Lakeville Journal, for taking an interest in Holleywood. She came over and did a wonderful photo series and writeup, in advance of our opening the house to benefit Scoville Library, and honored us further with front page coverage.
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.
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.
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.