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Patrick Ahearns Timeless

Architect Patrick Ahearn’s restoration of Edgartown’s historic John Coffin House, built in 1682 by the first blacksmith on Martha’s Vineyard, is one of 18 projects featured in his latest book, “Timeless.” Photo by Greg Premru

Patrick Ahearn’s ‘Timeless’ highlights the architect’s decades worth of work and altruistic approach to design

Before becoming the accomplished architect he is today, Patrick Ahearn first had dreams of a career in automotive design. (That dream was serendipitously deferred a generation: His son, Conor, is a car designer.) Ahearn has instead exercised his passion for cars by collecting them, one of which is a 1953 Studebaker Starliner coupe. He considers this model to be the most important automotive design in the 20th century because of its classic, timeless appeal.

Classic and timeless are ideals at the foundation of Ahearn’s architectural work. From Boston’s Back Bay to Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, his distinct architecture is historically driven and designed to stand the test of time. Ahearn’s efforts to revitalize the aforementioned areas have proven successful, as he is guided by his design philosophy centered on the greater good.

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