exterior of a nineteenth-century, brick italianate home with a four story tower on one corner of the main building, and a white, wood-frame extension off to the left. all parts of the house are unified with the rust-colored roofing
Photo: John Gruen

A Comeback for a House Named Holleywood

It's hard to explain an infatuation, especially when the love object is a house. By definition, infatuated means irrational—it comes from the Latin, "made a fool of"—and seems apt for various owners of an 1853 folly in Salisbury, Connecticut, called Holleywood, after the pocket-knife baron who built it.

Call him "house obsessed." Enamored of Renaissance-style Tuscan villas, Alexander Holley had to have one of his own, complete with turret and Juliet balcony. As for the equally eccentric woman he married three years later, who promptly uprooted the gorgeous three-story front-hall staircase as part of a major redo, a better term might be "house mad."

Shown: The towered Italianate, with its low-pitched roof and 1860 clapboard wing, stayed in the same family nearly 160 years before new owners salvaged and rebuilt it.
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