|Bringing Back Holleywood||
The decision is made to keep the fresco in the front hallway discovered beneath wallpaper and two layers of paint. The fresco is assumed to be original to the house in 1853, painted to echo tiger's eye marble fireplace in the parlor.
Work has started in the butler's pantry but we can't yet bear to remove this key rack handmade by John Rudd which still holds keys to porch doors and his late wife's luggage.
In the living room, a closet next to the fireplace will be opened to provide access to the kitchen.
We arrive this weekend to discover that much progress has already been made. Walls denuded of wallpaper reveal many ghosts, such as holes for stovepipes (see white patch near ceiling), shadows of former doors and signatures of painters and wallpaperers, including that of the seller's father who did much work on the house (including carpentry and upholstery) himself.
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.