|Bringing Back Holleywood||
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.
On the third floor, there's the remains of a cistern. According to the History of Holleywood compiled by John (Jay) Rudd, the cistern was added during the 1860 renovation, to augment the supply from the well that was dug as part of the original construction. The cistern collected rainwater and drained, ingeniously, to the kitchen. Thanks to the miracle of modern plumbing, we don't need the cistern, but we've preserved what's left of it and replaced rotted roof beams above it in the room workers refer to as "the cistern chapel."
I hate to part with these vintage cabinets which were top of the line in their day. John Rudd installed them with his son Jay (the seller) in 1967 and the Lakeville Journal profiled the renovation. (See it here.) We're selling them on ebay, with a portion of proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity. Check out the listing here if you're renovating a retro kitchen. Original Terra Cotta paint. Betty Draper would swoon.
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.