Click below to see 'Inisfada' in a 1966 aerial shot before the surrounding area was developed. Pictures from American Architect & Architecture, 1922.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
'Inisfada', the Nicholas Frederic Brady estate designed by John Torrey Windrim c. 1919 in North Hills with landscaping by the Olmsted Brothers, Samuel Parsons and Ferruccio Vitale. Brady was chairman of the board of New York Edison Company, a director at roughly 50 other companies and a leading Catholic layman in the country (enough so that the Pope, a close personal friend, sent him a message while Brady was on his deathbed in 1930). Following his father's death in 1913 Brady also became the head of Edison Electrical Illuminating Company of Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company. Brady's wife, formerly Genevieve F. Garvan, was chairman of the board of the Girl Scouts of America. In 1937, Brady's widow donated the house to the Roman Catholic Church and 'Inisfada' is now known as the St. Ignatius Retreat House and is operated by the Jesuit Order. Click HERE to see 'Inisfada' on google earth and HERE for bing. 'Inisfada' was demolished in December 2013.