Friday, July 25, 2008

Rosemary Hall

'Rosemary Hall' was built for Foxhall P. Keene by Freeman & Hasselman c. 1902 in Old Westbury.  The rear originally had a series of terraces that led to a formal garden.  The house caught fire some years ago and sat in disrepair as the front of the property was subdivided, but someone has clearly undertaken an extensive renovation, given that the four front columns are missing at the moment.  Click HERE to see 'Rosemary Hall' on google earth.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The temporary shoring has been up for quite sometime, at least 4-5 years

Anonymous said...

this lovely house was known as Holloway House for quite some time, and the New York Institute of Technology owned it from sometime in the early '70s until '83, when it was sold to the Bonici brothers who were doing some elegant development in the surrounding area ... I actually lived in the little triangular-fronted room on top of the pillars from '79 to '83, when NY Tech sold it ... all the occupants at the time were researchers in Tech's Computer Graphics lab ... it was rather a shock when I learned that it was one of the two homes featured in a famous Johnny Walker Black ad ... I had had saved that ad when it first appeared in the NY Times Sunday magazine some years previous but I was unaware that I was in the house, since my first visit I was brought in thru the back entrance ... during my tour of the house one of the occupants also had cut out the ad and had it on their wall, and when I remarked I also had that ad, the person said "This is the house!" ... I was led outside, this time into the front, whereupon it was delightfully obvious that I was inside that famous house

Anonymous said...

whats that odd looking house to the upper left of rosemary hall

Emerich Vainrib said...

I've lived at that house from 2004-2010. Those years were the best years of my life. The sad part is that i could barely experience its beauty since i was so young. I faintly remember all the good memories i had during my life there. I felt on top of the world, since the house was situated upon a hill. Every room felt exquisite in it's luxury. But since i moved 6 years ago all my knowledge about life there is told by my older brothers or parents. It was a somber day when i moved, and that day was the day my life changed. I was faced with the reality that life won't get better as you age. I moved from smaller house to smaller house, and all my memories of the good times have been buried in negative thoughts about the future.

As a person who has experienced this shift, I would advise anyone to think twice before moving in to a mansion. You will never experience true happiness in this lifetime.


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