George Watts Carr designed this house for Mr. & Mrs. Everett Bugg during the earliest phase of the Forest Hills development. Bugg owned and managed the Malbourne Hotel that was located on the site of the current Durham County Judicial Center on Main Street. During the 40s and 50s, Angus and Priscilla McBryde raised their family in the house. McBryde was a prominent pediatri- cian in Durham. He and his wife honored HPSD by serving as co-presidents of the Society in 1982-83. The Blaine Nashold family purchased the house in 1962, when Dr. Nashold came to Durham to serve on staff at Duke Hospital. Raising four children, they lived here for over forty years. Both the McBrydes and N asholds were charter members of HPSD.
With its vantage point on a hill overlooking Forest Hills Park (originally the golf course), this house has one of the nicest locations in the neighborhood. Carr's design for the exterior of the house is an adaptation of the classic Colonial Revival style he used so often in Forest Hills. The front is asymmetrical with two large gables, one extending down over a porch to the main story and one punctuated with one of the house's three huge stone chimneys. Neighborhood lore has it that the chimneys are built of "Duke" granite, material quarried in Hillsborough for Duke University's West Campus. The flagstone terrace that runs the width of the front of the house is also an unusual feature.
Another unusual material on this house is the green tile on the roof. Carr recognized that the weight of the tiles required a main roof beam of steel to support it, and the roof remains in good condition today. After a small back porch was destroyed during a recent winter storm, the current homeowners salvaged original tiles from its roof to have a reserve supply for repairs of the main roof. Inside the house, Carr used a classic floor plan with formal living and dining rooms flanking a central hall and a den at the back. Wainscoting in the hall, raised panels on the walls of the for- mal rooms, and French doors between the rooms add touches of elegance. The stone chimney on the front of the house vents the living room's large fireplace. Beyond the living room is a south- facing sunroom that the current owners have enclosed to allow year-round use.
On the north side of the house, the dining room features a built-in corner china cabinet. Under the carpet is a reminder of middle-class life in Forest Hills earlier in the 20th century: a now- inoperative foot-activated electric button to call servants to the table during meals. Beyond the dining room is a small breakfast room, perhaps once an open porch, which opens into the newly renovated kitchen. The current homeowners have incorporated the original butler's pantry into the expanded kitchen space and have opened the narrow back stairs designed for use by domestic servants to provide easy access by tHeir active family.
From the front entrance hall, an elegant arched doorway leads to a comfortable den. The fireplace here is vented by another "Duke" stone chimney on the back of the house. The fireplace mantel, original ceiling-high built-in bookcases, and doors and windows are painted white in contrast to the warm brown leather-look faux finish on the walls.
The tree-shaded grounds surrounding the house are not large, but the view from the front terrace extends past the lawn and across the park on the other side of E. Forest Hills Blvd. At the rear, the 2004 homeowners have installed a large flagstone patio that is accessible from both the sunroom and the den. A stone staircase ascends the hill beyond the driveway that runs past the rear of the house. Although the top of the stairs seems to end at a giant oak tree, they must have originally created an easy path to the house next door. Another reminder of the close community formed in Forest Hills.