|Bringing Back Holleywood||
Luckily, the new roof was completed just before the first snow. It's a metal "lifetime" roof which means it won't need replacement for 90 years.
Rob says on October 1, working crews go into overdrive, intent on finishing outside work before winter. Luckily, they've already got 90% of the roofing replaced. Here, see the contrast. What a difference.
Adrian supplies terra cotta-colored steel for the roof, and unfurls it in rolls from a machine in a trailer.
You don't just order a metal roof. Each tile has to be measured and cut to spec. Adrian is a metal master of the old school, who has spent decades learning to accommodate the quirks and vicissitudes of old houses. We are grateful to him for his workmanship and generosity. He and his brother bequeathed matching windowpane glass discarded from their parents' farmhouse in Bantam which was built the same era as Holleywood was.
Luckily, the new metal roof was finished just before Hurricane Irene showed up. Our farmhouse in Amenia flooded, but Holleywood stayed dry as a bone. We are grateful to Governor Holley for having the foresight and wherewithal to build his house on blocks of impervious limestone.
Roofs are still removed the old-fashioned way: with muscles and pitchforks. Matt and Rob peel off the house's second roof added in 1915 by Charles E. Rudd who renovated the house when he inherited it from his mother. The roof's era is indicated by hand-soddered tin squares over old hemlock roofer boards and hand-hewn chestnut beams. Happily, Rob noted, all beams proved intact.
Carpenters Bill and Matt peer down from their work on the roof, through trap door to the attic.
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.