Henry Carnegie Phipps, Ogden's father, built him this house when he turned 21 and married. Situated on his father's larger 160 acre estate 'Spring Hill' in Old Westbury, Ogden's house sits on roughly 20 acres in the northwest corner of the property. Designed by Delano & Aldrich and completed in 1930, the house was built into the hillside with the first floor occupying what in reality is the first and a half floor, giving the first floor 16 foot ceilings. Ogden was a partner at Smith, Barney & Co. and chairman of Bessemer Securities Corp. He also carried on his family's tradition of breeding and racing thoroughbreds with his own stable, producing such notables as Buckpasser, Personal Ensign and Easy Goer. Click HERE to see the Ogden Phipps estate on google earth.
View from the service entrance.
View from the loggia, looking out over the pool and further what used to be a tennis court. Ogden is a member of the International Court Tennis Hall of Fame.
The property has wooded trails, a waterfall with a koi pond, a small grove of fruit trees, an enormous variety of plant life, as the Phipps were serious horticulturists, and numerous massive copper beach trees.