Architect: John L. Pearson
Westwood House started life modestly around 1720 as an Inn but was developed and redeveloped over the years culminating in John Loughborough Pearson’s design for Henry Littleton in 1881. Henry had made his fortune from Novello’s the music publisher and Westwood House and its Music Room played host to the musical stars of the Crystal Palace. Dvorak and Liszt both stayed and played at Westwood House
Westwood House later became the Passmore Edwards Teacher’s Orphanage and was demolished in 1952 to make way for the Lewisham’s Sheenwood council estate. Westwood House had a grand parade which closely follows the line of today’s Sheenewood from its entrance opposite Jews Walk to its exit in Sydenham Avenue (now Lawrie Park Avenue).
:Me. J. L. Pearson, R.A., is the author of this most interesting and able work. His geometrical drawings of the same building were exhibited this year at the Royal Academy, while our illustration to-day is taken from the view which formed so conspicuous an exhibit at the same gallery a year or so ago. The work is now in course of erection, and consists in the recasting of an old house, to which considerable additions are also now being made. As an example of Renaissance design from the hands of one of our most eminent and exclusively “Gothic” architects, this illustration is of special interest. :