GREENSBORO — After a massive makeover, the historic Julian Price house is ready for its closeup.
The mansion at 301 Fisher Park Circle will open its doors for public tours for three weeks starting today as a designer showhouse.
More than 25 designers from New York to Texas, Florida and the Carolinas have decorated its 31 rooms with fresh wall treatments, furniture, fabrics and accessories.
“I didn’t even realize how beautiful the house could be,” Michael Fuko-Rizzo, one of its owners, said during a Friday media preview.
Known as Hillside, this brick and half-timbered mansion was built in 1929 for the president of Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Co.
For years, its beauty was hidden under overgrown foliage and clutter, accumulated by its former owner, Sandra Cowart.
Back in January 2017, it gained national fame as the setting for an episode on the A&E television reality series, “Hoarders.”
Cowart lost the property to foreclosure. Now, under new owners Michael and Eric Fuko-Rizzo, it has undergone a major transformation.
Original pine floors in the kitchen and breakfast room have been sanded and refinished.
Original hardware was removed and restored. New wallpaper and paint cover walls.
The rooms display period, transitional and a touch of modern furnishings and accessories that blend well with their historic setting.
Visitors can get design and decorating ideas — and even arrange to purchase pieces. Designers hope that displaying their talents will benefit their businesses.
Tour proceeds will benefit Preservation Greensboro, the nonprofit organization that works to preserve historic sites and neighborhoods.
When the designers and their decor are gone, the Fuko-Rizzos will prepare to move in this summer with their twin daughters.
“It just feels like home,” Eric Fuko-Rizzo said. “Walking through the rooms, we can actually envision ourselves living here. Before, it was hard to see with the debris and the mess. Now it’s magical.”
Contact Dawn DeCwikiel-Kane at 336-373-5204 and follow @dawndkaneNR on Twitter.