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History of 1357 Park Lane

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Designed by architect Phillip Resnick in 1926, 1357 Park Lane is one of Pelham’s most outstanding examples of Tudor Revival architecture.  The home is built of locally-quarried granite with a prominent stucco and half-timbered gable. Original steel casement and leaded and stained glass windows are all preserved, along with a rusticated slate roof.  Inside the home, a grand and original oak staircase defines the foyer, while a magnificent great room wing (added within a few years after the house was built) is lined with antique pine paneling.

In addition to being architecturally significant, the home is also of historic importance.  It was for many decades the home of Christopher & Helen Chenery and their children Hollis, Margaret and Helen (who was better known by her nickname, “Penny”).  The 1930 census shows the family living in the home, along with two servants.  The Chenery Family is well-known for their ownership of Meadow Stable in Caroline County, Virginia, which produced such thoroughbred race horses as Riva Ridge, First Landing and Secretariat.  After Mr. Chenery’s death in January, 1973, Penny Chenery Tweedy assumed management of Meadow Stable and, against financial challenges, continued to train and race Secretariat to become the triple-crown winner that year.  She made a cameo appearance in the 2010 film “Secretariat.”  Prior to her death on September 17, 2017, in a telephone conversation with a Pelham resident, she recalled her time living in the home.  “I had a wonderful childhood growing up in Pelham,” she said, remembering how her father installed an elevator that until recently still operated in the home, noting that he had a telephone installed with it in case of malfunction.  Six months before Mr. Chenery's passing, the house was sold on June 2, 1972 to Gerald & Seton O’Reilly.  Mrs. O’Reilly was a sister of the author and political commentator, William F. Buckley, who frequently visited the house.  Lee and Michelle Hambright purchased the home in 2014 from Paisley Kelling.