|Bringing Back Holleywood||
The ingenuity that built Holleywood survives in Alexander Holley's great-great-great grandson Theodore O'Neill who devised a way to take his nonambulatory son, David, skiing. (Rossignol, are you seeing this?) Speaking of snow, David recently got his wish to meet Snow White when Make-A-Wish Connecticut sent him and his parents to Disney World. Ah, Florida. Warming thought on this 10 degree day.
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.
The Salisbury Association is sponsoring a winter series of lectures entitled "The Era of Elegance". Standing room only in the Wardwell Room Saturday when Chris Brennan and Geoff Rosano spoke
Happily, the only impact of the hurricane at Holleywood was the unseasonable return of the vernal ponds. Some say the ponds formed originally because so much stone was extracted from the ground for building. Others contend that the ponds are a recent phenomenon. But this is belied by the photo below, from a 1930s glass plate found by Cynthia Hochswender in the archives of the Lakeville Journal. The photo shows that the ponds were alive and well-filled back when the west entrance was used as a formal driveway.
We are grateful to Lakeville Journal photographer Mark Niedhammer for sharing a marvelous series of house portraits he took of Holleywood just before the sale of its contents last year. How shorn the rooms seem now, stripped of wallpaper, denuded of furniture, floors covered by paper instead of rugs.
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.