|Bringing Back Holleywood||
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.
It's been the rainiest fall for as long as anyone can remember and we were afraid we were going to lose lawn we'd just planted. During a slashing thunderstorm last week, Rob and Larry the landscaper and the crew spent a frantic, wet morning banking gravel and hay bales to protect the topsoil and sandy fill from sliding down into the ravine. Luckily, they succeeded. Or you'd be seeing none of the green Rob's finger is pointing to.
Adrian supplies terra cotta-colored steel for the roof, and unfurls it in rolls from a machine in a trailer.
You don't just order a metal roof. Each tile has to be measured and cut to spec. Adrian is a metal master of the old school, who has spent decades learning to accommodate the quirks and vicissitudes of old houses. We are grateful to him for his workmanship and generosity. He and his brother bequeathed matching windowpane glass discarded from their parents' farmhouse in Bantam which was built the same era as Holleywood was.
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.