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NO4 2013

Keeneland, Investing in Racing's Future since 1936.

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Paradise Maintained philosophical musings. To the west side is the old garage, One of the great architectural treasures of Westover is the 18th-century Georgian stairway imported from England by the Masons. once the cook's house; in recent years it's been an apartment for various University of Kentucky basketball coaching staff. Inside the front door at the end of the hallway is the late Georgian staircase Elizabeth Simpson loved, much as it appeared in the 1930s with its remarkable detailing untouched by the intervening decades. On the right side of the hall is a library/study, which Marla Webb uses as an offce. The left side of the hallway opens to a drawing room (now called a music room) where an 18th-century Carrara marble mantel and freplace with a relief sculpture of Diana, goddess of the hunt, is a visual focal point. The music room extends out to what was formerly the garden room, now an expanded living/entertainment area with colorful, comfortable seating throughout. A hallway leading off to the left connects to a newer part of the house. What the Webbs call the "Fern Room" (known as the "Florida Room" during the Alexander years) opens into another passage, flled with decorative paintings, sculpture, and family portraits, that ends at the ballroom (construction began during the Mason years and was completed by the Webbs). Gleaming foors and an elaborately coffered ceiling evoke the formality and grandeur of an earlier age; a pool table to the side of the room speaks to contemporary use. In an outer corner of the ballroom, a small staircase leads up to a luxurious home theater. Completing the whimsical atmosphere is a ticket booth with the soft sculpture of a ticket taker seated inside. Movie posters from vintage Westerns line the walls of the intimate lobby. The theater was added by the Webbs. 40 KEENELAND WINTER 2013

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