|Bringing Back Holleywood||
This door in the tower bedroom was originally found in the breakfast (former laundry) room. Rob added a new surround to enlarge it so that it would fit perfectly in the existing frame.
We visit Salisbury's historic Town Hall to purchase a ticket for the town transfer station (euphemism for dump.) Walking down a long hallway, we see a photo of John Krom Rudd, the last family member who lived in the house, on the wall in a gallery of town residents. In the portrait, he is standing next to the front door we are about to replace with double doors found in the basement. Those doors were original to the house, replaced by the single door (pictured) in 1915 when the house was "modernized." We will save the single door (with its brass knocker engraved with JKR) because perhaps, a century from now, our great-great-grandchildren will want it, wondering whatever had possessed us to remove it.
Mr. Rudd's caption is a lovely glimpse into turn of the (other) century Lakeville: Somewhere around 1928 we had the first sound movie in Lakeville at the Stuart Theater. I went with Mother and Dad to see (and hear) Al Jolson in “The Jazz Singer.” The movie was on conventional film but the sound wasn’t on a sound track. It was on a Victrola record that was supposed to synchronize with the movie—it didn’t.
We find the original front doors, grand and imposing, in the recesses of the basement, next to the gravestone. The wood panels and glass windows are caked with dirt and dust, but otherwise undamaged. Even the hardware is all there, down to the little porcelain fob that covers the keyhole. (See below.)
Restoring the original doors will require some surgery. We'll have to reconfigure the existing front door frame (see photo below) and recreate the shallow arch that crowns the doors in historic views of the house. (As in the drawing here.)
When were the fancy double doors replaced with a single, plain one? And why?
Whatever the answer, we are grateful that the magnificent originals weren't tossed. And that the basement stays dry, so as to preserve them.
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.