Another feather in Ahearn’s cap is the recent completion of a residence on Atlantic Drive, a double-gabled shingle-style house on South Beach, also on the Vineyard. In this project, the architect drew on the island’s historic beachfront character, providing the house with rich detail and a clear historic perspective. The primary house, situated with a view of the dunes, gains more space with a guesthouse, pool, and cabana in the back. A carriage house serves as a portal that leads visitors to a private space that feels like a sanctuary, gently unfolding into view of the water. Although it is just a few years old, the property, as Ahearn says, “looks like it could have been designed a hundred years ago.”

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Ahearn, in practice for 39 years, is assisted by a staff of 10 working in concert to design private homes and commercial structures. Ahearn realizes that through it all, beyond the individual projects, he is primarily influencing a bigger setting. “It’s for the benefit of the community,” Ahearn says, “based on its character and theme. That’s very satisfying for me.”

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Mary Grauerholz

Mary Grauerholz is the communications manager of the Cape Cod Foundation and a freelance writer.

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