386 Marlborough was designed by Allen and Kenway, architects, and built in 1882 by Vinal & Dodge and McNeil Brothers, builders, as the home of attorney Charles Eustis Hubbard and his wife, Caroline Dennie (Tracy) Hubbard. They previously had lived at 339 Marlborough. Charles Hubbard is shown as the owner of 386 Marlborough on the original building permit application, dated December 5, 1992, and Caroline Hubbard is shown as the owner on the 1883 Bromley map.
Charles and Caroline Hubbard continued to live at 386 Marlborough in 1886, but moved soon thereafter. Caroline Hubbard continued to be shown as the owner on the 1888 Bromley map.
By the 1886-1887 winter season, 386 Marlborough was the home of dry goods merchant Robert Ferguson and his wife, Mary A. (Watson) Ferguson. They had lived at 115 Marlborough during the previous season. They continued to live at 386 Marlborough in 1888, but had moved to 330 Commonwealth by 1889.
By the 1888-1889 winter season, 386 Marlborough was the home of leather merchant William Quirin and his wife, Isabella Finlay (Mercer) Quirin. They had lived at the Hotel Brunswick (southeast corner of Clarendon and Boylston) during the previous season and also had maintained a home in Chestnut Hill. He is shown as the owner of 386 Marlborough on the 1890, 1895, and 1898 Bromley maps.
During the 1890-1891 winter season the Quirins were living elsewhere and 386 Marlborough was the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. Higginson, probably Louis Higginson, a merchant, and his wife, Annie Louise (Eastman) Lockwood Higginson. They had moved to 388 Marlborough by the next season and the Quirins were again living at 386 Marlborough.
During the 1898-1899 winter season, the Quirings were again living elsewhere and 386 Marlborough was the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Palmer, probably Charles Henry Palmer, Jr., and his wife, Mary Elizabeth (Spalding) Palmer. He was an investor and developer of railroads and mines in Michigan, Colorado, Montana, and Mexico. By 1900, they were living at the Hotel Somerset.
William Quirin died in November of 1901. Isabella Quirin continued to live at 386 Marlborough. George R. Stetson et al, trustees, were the assessed owners from 1903 through 1905, and Richard D. Ware et al, trustees, were the assessed owners from 1906 through 1925 and are shown as the owners on the 1908 and 1917 Bromley maps.
By the 1913-1914 winter season, Isabella Quirin had been joined at 386 Marlborough by Roger Alonzo Rhodes, a student. He continued to live there during the 1914-1916 season, but had moved to New York City by 1917 when he enlisted in the US Army.
Isabella Quirin continued to live at 386 Marlborough during the 1921-1922 winter season, but moved thereafter.
By the 1922-1923 winter season, 386 Marlborough was the home of Mary Ann (Sheffield) Moriarty, the widow of wholesale dry goods merchant George Andrews Moriarty. She previously had lived at 26 Fenway. Their unmarried son, G. Andrews Moriarty, Jr., a lawyer who would become a noted genealogist, lived with her. He previously had lived at The Marlborough at 416 Marlborough. They also maintained a home, Ridgemere, in Newport.
Isabella Quirin died in 1924 and 386 Marlborough became the property of her daughters, Berthe Louise (Quirin) Buchanan, the wife of Arthur William P. Buchanan, living in Montreal, and Pauline (Quirin) Cockayne-Frith Peto, the widow of Reginald Cockayne-Frith and the wife of Geoffrey Kelsell Peto, living in Kilmeston, England. They were the assessed owners in 1926.
The house was not listed in the 1925-1927 Blue Books
In late 1926, 386 Marlborough was acquired from Berthe Buchanan and Pauline Peto by real estate dealer John S. Cronin. The transaction was reported in the Boston Globe on November 2, 1926. He had acquired 384 Marlborough the previous year. He was the assessed owner of 386 Marlborough from 1927 through 1929 and is shown as the owner of both houses on the 1928 Bromley map.
By 1927, 386 Marlborough was the home of John Knight and his wife, Florence E. (Doane) Knight, who operated it as a lodging house. They previously had lived at 317 Marlborough. John Knight was a teacher at Charlestown High School.
By 1930, 386 Marlborough was owned by Mary E. Walsh, who was the assessed owner from that year through 1936. The Knights continued to live there and operate it as a lodging house.
Florence Knight died in 1933. John Knight continued to live at 386 Marlborough until about 1935, but had moved to Dorchester by 1936.
386 Marlborough was not listed in the 1935-1937 Blue Books and was shown as vacant in the 1936 City Directory.
By 1937, 386 Marlborough was the home of Miss Katherine MacAuley, a nurse. She previously had lived at 102 Appleton. She was the assessed owner of 386 Marlborough from 1937 and is shown as the owner on the 1938 Bromley map.
Katherine MacAuley’s brother, Murdo MacAuley, lived with her. He died in March of 1938.
She continued to operate the property as a lodging house until her death in the August of 1965. She left 386 Marlborough to the Park Street Church in her will.
Two of the Church’s parishioners, Robin Marvin and Willard Dickerson, organized the International Fellowship House to provide short-term housing for international students, which began operations in mid-1966. It initially leased the house and later purchased it from the Church.
In March of 1986, it filed for (and subsequently received) permission to legalize the occupancy as a lodging house.
386 Marlborough remained the International Fellowship House in 2015.