|Bringing Back Holleywood||
On June 16, we enjoyed a beautiful summer evening at the Summer Benefit for the worthy Wassaic Project celebrating Maxon Mills, the iconic seven story grain elevator turned exhibition space for artists. Seven sawdusted floors housed the work of over 100 artists, but the collection that most captivated us was on the top (no elevator) (ironic!) floor where Jackie Mock's Americana reliquarium is showcased through September. Her handmade frames from reclaimed wood and hand-hammered tin labels "celebrate the history imbued in found objects." We contacted her to see if she could be commissioned to showcase some of the artifacts found during the restoration of Holleywood. Happily, she could. Below, she examines our stockpile of discoveries to select which to take back to her studio in Brooklyn. We'll install her work in the tower room off the parlor which we're turning into a mini-museum, a shrine to the history of the house.
We've begun foraging for furniture, although we're still months away from moving in. A round reading table found at Millerton Antiques seemed made for the master tower room.
Part of the fun of this project is sharing it with old friends. Bonnie and Dennis drove down from Vermont for lunch at the Boathouse and a Holleywood tour.
For the hexagonal turret, we found an octagonal fixture, thanks to Evan Blum who curates thousands of vintage artifacts at Demolition Depot.
Instead of repainting wood floors on the third floor, the crew has scraped (hand-scraped in some places) and tung-oiled them, leaving in original marks and fades and indents which gives old wood its personality. The boards were still "curing" this weekend, but Rob supplied doctor's booties so that we could view the transformation.
We've replaced broken, peeling panes in the tower with vintage stained glass. The trim is scraped and repainted. The floors are oiled. The banister is cleaned. The walls are replastered. It's a place to dream.
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.
Did you know squirrels could climb stucco walls? We didn't either, but I watched this little fellow scamper up to the tower, looking down at me as if he owns the place.
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.