WESTER MOFFAT HOUSE, AIRDRIE   Wester Moffat House, built 1859‑62, was one of the architect Charles Wilson's late designs.  It was built for William Towers-Clark, solicitor, whose initials were incorporated in the stonework of the south elevation. An extension was built in 1865 to designs by Wilson's partner, David Thomason, to create a new porch.

Wester Moffat House

David Thomson described the house in his article on the works of Charles Wilson in the proceedings of the Philosophical Society of Glasgow in 1882.

‘Wester Moffat is designed with a view to produce a pile of a high castellated character, more like the old baronial fortalice… and in this it is very successful. The area of the plan has been kept as small as possible and brought nearly to a square, while the building has been raised upon a basement and carried up to a third floor, with a square tower over the entrance and high turrets on the angles. There are no lower buildings attached to the main part, detracting from its height, and the whole presents an assemblage of high pointed and picturesque forms, which group themselves to form a design of great boldness and variety. There is an air of compactness, breadth, richness, unity of effect, and variety of detail about this house… but, as is always the case, something has been sacrificed for it, and I reckon one of those things to be the placing of the kitchen offices in the basement.’

The mansion house was acquired by Airdrie Burgh Council c.1927 to develop the site as a sanatorium. Ward pavilions were built in the grounds to provide 50 beds and the new hospital was opened by Major Walter Elliot MP. in January 1929