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NO4 2013

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Paradise Maintained The ballroom was only a cavernous space until the Webbs completed it; the ceiling is a custom design. and began screeching. Awakened by the din, James Alexander had to crawl out on the roof to capture and remove the birds. Once off the roof, the birds were to enjoy long and happy lives at Westover. The east side of the house opens to a swimming pool. Out of sight there is also a large, rock-walled pool of the Mason era, which, ac- Of the original 1,000-plus acres owned by Mason, 37 re- cording to Lucy Breathitt, was the site of some memorable pranks. main today. Lexington has grown up around the farm; the On one occasion, the Alexanders discovered that numerous type- entire Gardenside subdivision, once pasture for the Masons' writers, stolen from Transylvania University, had been dumped into Thoroughbreds, is now one of the city's oldest developments. the pool the previous night. Despite being so close to downtown Lexington, the present- On the south side, the large living room opens to patio spaces, an day residence could easily be in rural Kentucky. Standing at ancient catalpa tree, and well-tended boxwood and roses. Crowning the front entrance and looking north, one sees lush sweeping this southern view is a small Greek temple folly at the end of a long lawns, fenced pastures, a stocked fsh pond, and a gazebo. swath of lawn, framed by evergreens and specimen trees. The struc- There is no sign of Lexington or of Versailles Road. ture is perfectly located to invite a stroll from the patio and possible 38 KEENELAND WINTER 2013

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