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Patrick Ahearns Timeless

Akin to a luxurious boutique resort, the outdoor living area of this Ahearn-designed Wellesley home provides a private oasis. See more of this home in “Timeless.” Photo by Greg Premru

“The role of an architect can really influence a whole society, in terms of improving how people live and how they view themselves and their environment,” Ahearn says. “It’s really about looking at the world with a different set of eyes, and that’s what I do. The outcome is different, and it’s timeless—hence the name of the book.”

That book, “Timeless: Classic American Architecture for Contemporary Living” (Oro Editions), showcases how Ahearn has expertly ascribed the greater good theory to his work. Released last December, “Timeless” features 18 homes designed by Ahearn along with the stories behind their design, as told by Ahearn. The homes—a mix of historic restorations and new construction—are divided into six categories: History Preserved, History Enhanced, History Modernized, History Imagined, History Re-Interpreted, and On The Water. Ahearn and his team put together the 316-page collection in under a year, a challenging feat in itself before taking into consideration Ahearn had four decades worth of work to choose from.

“I started with probably 400 houses, breaking it down and deciding what houses match up with the essence of the story of the book,” Ahearn says. “I didn’t want it to be overly intellectual, but I also didn’t want it to be a picture book. I really needed people to understand me and where I came from and what my views are, but also educate them on a different way of looking at things. It’s not about ego, it’s not about the latest trend—it comes back to history, it comes back to human scale, it comes back to things you touch and feel that are memorable in your psyche.”

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