Sunday, April 11, 2010
'Rosemary Hall', the Foxhall Parker Keene estate designed by Freeman & Hasselman c. 1902 in Old Westbury. Keene was a famous sportsman and polo player (ten-goal) and served as the captain of the American International Polo team in 1913. The Keene stable, Castleton Farm, located in Kentucky was widely known in thoroughbred racing. In 1907 their horses accounted for $400,000 in winnings. Keene never played in the 1913 International match as he had been thrown from his horse in practice and broke his collarbone. He had suffered a similar injury in 1905 when he crashed his car into a telegraph pole during that year's Vanderbilt Cup Race. A 1913 NYTimes article mentions that he had broken his collar bone four times. He had "twice been carried from the polo field for dead. He has had falls as an amateur steeplechase rider, been blown up from an automobile, nearly drowned on a sinking yacht, dragged by runaway horses and bitten by dogs". He retired in 1931 and moved to Canada to live with his sister, passing away in 1941. Click HERE to see 'Rosemary Hall' on google earth and HERE to see what 'Rosemary Hall' looks like today. Postcard from the Gary Lawrance collection.