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“Druim Moir,” Henry Houston House

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1885, G. W. and W. D. Hewitt. 2, 4, and 6 Druim Moir Ln.

Far removed from the déclassé village, beyond the protective screen of the hotel (see PH178) and the cricket club ( PH179), is the immense Norman Gothic mansion “Druim Moir,” the Houston family home. Sadly disfigured by Robert Rhodes McGoodwin's removal of its original high roof—as an austerity measure of World War II—it has little interest other than its size and its centrality to the development of West Chestnut Hill. The Hewitt brothers also designed “Brinkwood,” a modest but splendid Shingle Style house (1887) at 27 Drum Moir Lane for Samuel, a Houston son, that survives with a higher degree of integrity.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "“Druim Moir,” Henry Houston House", [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 151-151.

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