At the end of the nineteenth century the main road from Glasgow to Clarkston passed through the village of Netherlee, which was surrounded by farmland. Nearby to the east on the River Cart were the Printworks, which provided work for many of the residents of Netherlee, and to the west the Giffnock Quarries, which contributed to much of Glasgow's buildings constructed with the honey-coloured sandstone.

After the turn of the twentieth century and prior to the First World War the first of the red sandstone terraces began to line Clarkston Road linking Muirend to Netherlee. It was not until the twenties, probably as a result of building restraint during the war, that the major expansion of terrace houses of Ormonde Avenue, Ormonde Drive, Ormonde Crescent, Deanwood Drive and First Avenue took place.