360 Mayflower Road

Year of award: 
1995
Award category: 
Restoration
Original architect: 
Holabird & Roche
Year built: 
1893

The pristine restoration of Insley earned the current owners the Historic Preservation Award.  The house was built for newlyweds Isabelle Scribner (heiress to the publishing fortune) and Carter Harrison Fitzhugh (descendant of two presidents).  A pipe burst in the west wing of the house during World War II, and Mrs. Fitzhugh closed that wing rather than make the necessary repairs.  Mrs. Fitzhugh lived in the house until 1965 when she was 95.  Advertised in 1992 as a "teardown," the house was described by its present owners as a raccoon-infested, rotting, falling down disaster.  Fortunately, they loved the house and accepted the challenge of restoring it to its former elegance and grace.  In 1992 when they purchased the house, a full crew of workmen, 20 to 30 a day, were put to work for two years restoring this grand structure.