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.
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“Druim Moir,” Henry Houston House
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