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Pool & Recreational Shotcrete Corner Reprinted with permission from Aqua Magazine, January 2014 (aquamagazine.com) Honoring the Past By William T. Drakeley Jr. Iback to pre-revolutionary colonial times— community and remain deeply involved in the13 families that settled in the region, and for10 generations, we’ve been an active part of thehave always been proud of the fact that myfamily’s roots in our part of Connecticut date 1659 to be exact. We were one of the original local culture and history. That history is a big part of our lives today; my daughters are registered members of the Daughters of the American Revolution and I’m a member of the Sons of the American Revolu- tion. One of our ancestors, Jonathon Vale, was a minuteman in the War for Independence. That rich historic tradition recently crossed over into my working life when our firm, the Drakeley Pool Company, was asked to construct a new waterfeature at one of the vintage homes here in Litchfield County. The property is known as the Hollister House, a beautiful brick-clad colonial home first built in the 1770s. It’s located in the town of Washington, CT, formerly known as Judea; part of a group of settlements that used to be within the Woodbury town limits. The property is owned by George Schoellkopf, a wonderful guy who has been preserving the house since 1979 and making additions to the grounds that loosely follow the great tradition of English gardening. The home is co-owned by Hollister House Garden, Inc., the non-profit aspect of the property, which is “dedicated to the pres- ervation of the garden and house for the education and enjoyment of the public.” The concept of preserving the region’s enduring legacy and contribution to the com- munity experience is something Drakeley Pools has always greatly valued. This project served as a great opportunity to honor that tradition and stretch our creative boundaries. Schoellkopf is constantly making changes to the property in one area or another. It’s always a work in progress, and it’s fair to say the history of the Hollister House continues to be written. This project was part of that ongoing effort. The waterfeature is located on an upper yard of the sloped property, just a few steps down from Fig. 1: View of runnel looking north the house, essentially on grade with the home’s 26 Shotcrete • Spring 2014


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