In his new book, “Timeless,” architect Patrick Ahearn takes readers on a tour of 18 homes he designed over his 45-year career, including on Martha’s Vineyard, Chatham and Osterville. He explains how he applies the greater-good theory to each of his projects by honoring the past and looking toward the future. He believes that architecture has the power to improve lives, increase happiness and encourage friendly interactions. We couldn’t agree more! Here are some dream homes and beautiful spaces featured in the book.
Patrick Ahearn reclaimed and refinished materials during the restoration of the Captain Rufus Pease House in Edgartown, also known as the Yellow House. In the kitchen, Ahearn preserved the tiny door—now in the middle of the blue backsplash tile—connecting the kitchen to the mudroom. Historically, the cook would have used it to see who was arriving at the home’s service entrance. The entryway, with its 1838 floors and balustrade, transports visitors back in time.
RECREATING A CLASSIC
The design of this Shore Road home in Chatham recreates and significantly expands a 1910 shingle-style-gable residence that once stood on its site. Preserving the building proved impossible, but Ahearn’s team honored its history with a new home that imagined a double-gabled version of the original.
This Osterville double-height great room, once dark and inward facing, now features preserved and lightened woodwork. An interior window lets in sun from an upstairs bedroom and French doors connect the space to the outdoors.
A pergola outside this Edgartown pool cabana provides partial shade to a casual dining area, smoothing the transition from the building’s interiors to the sun-bathed pool terrace, fire pit seating area and water views.