I think I may have received more e-mails about my previous post on the changes to Grey Gardens than on anything else I've ever written about!
To clarify my position, Sally Quinn is (of course) within her rights to do whatever she wants to her house. And she's been honest about these changes and what she was trying to do when she took over the house. She made some changes that I wouldn't have made, and I would have done some things differently. What irks me is that the changes are being touted as an accurate and thorough restoration of the house. "Redone to old specs"? No. But it's not Sally herself who's making such a claim.
Eagle-eyed readers have sent in other changes they noticed:
- The glass in the Eye of the House room is changed. It didn't used to be diamond-paned.
- The panes of glass in the solarium are much larger than they were.
- The new doorbell is boring and nothing like the original.
- The porch railing is different now. The baluster placement used to be tight (one baluster-width apart) and now it's much wider.
To provide a bit of perspective, the Eye of the House room had a regular balcony, not one enclosed by glass, when the house was first built. And the solarium was added later as well.