|Bringing Back Holleywood||
It's arrived!! All one piece of soapstone and so heavy it required the strength of six guys to haul it in.
The cabinets are vintage wood, to make it look like they've always been there. The crown is designed to echo cabinetry in the butler's pantry. The subway tiles are vintage stock, but can't be older than 1904 when the first NYC subway was built.
By the back kitchen stairs, a new safety rail has been crafted to code, meaning slats spaced too narrowly for little heads to fit through.
Rob and Bill and Matt do all of the carpentry on site. The garage has been commandeered as a workshop. When winter came, they built a little porch off the garage, so they could work under cover in the cold.
In 1860, the spiral staircase was moved from the front of the house to the back. Which created a gap that was left unprotected for generations. It's a wonder the youngest residents survived such a hazard. Rob and Ellen closed off the gap with a handsome ballustrade created from complementary railing posts they donated to the project, acquired on a long-ago trip to New Orleans. Matt, a master carpenter on the job, took pains to match quarter sawn cherry handrail to the shape of the existing banister.
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.