A Celebration of Classicism: The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art


It should come as no surprise that a firm dedicated to timeless design would be a proud supporter of an organization committed to the advancement and appreciation of traditional architecture. For many years, Patrick Ahearn Architect has been involved with the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) as a member firm and sponsor.

Many of our employees are involved personally with the organization. Patrick himself hosted an in-person walking tour of Boston’s Historic Back Back Bay for the ICAA New England chapter last month. Together with preservationist William Young, Patrick shared details of buildings along the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, identifying structures of interest and explaining the history of renovations and legislations that impacted their design. During the pandemic, Patrick was proud to participate as a national ICAA Influencer and offered a virtual Back Bay walking tour as part of the ICAA In Your Neighborhood series. For the past 8 years, our Managing Principal Mike Tartamella has contributed to the ICAA as a member of the Board of Directors of the New England chapter, and was named Vice President of the Executive Committee last year.

The ICAA, however, does not limit membership to professionals—educators, students, and enthusiasts are all welcome to participate. Through free events, lectures, workshops, and more, the ICAA advances the appreciation of classical architecture and its principles and promotes the practice of traditional design. Upcoming events with the New England chapter include an in-person talk on NYC Beaux-Arts Architecture and a free virtual lecture on Roman architect and engineer Vetruvius.

In addition, each year the ICAA recognizes practitioners across the nation who are committed to classical architecture within New England via the Bulfinch Awards. Granted in categories ranging from residential construction to historic preservation, landscape design, interior design, and commercial, institutional, ecclesiastical builds and more, the Bulfinch Awards are a laudable achievement that have celebrated the best of traditional work since their inception in 2010. Patrick Ahearn Architect has been awarded 8 total Bulfinch Awards over the years, including one in 2022 for West Chop Homestead in the category of Residential Construction under 5,000 square feet. We congratulate all of this year’s nominees and award winners, and are proud to continue the practice of classical architecture. Links to some of our past Bulfinch Award-winning projects are below.


2022 West Chop Homestead — Residential (New Construction) under 5,000 SF

2021 The Historic Myles Standish Reinterpreted — Residential (Restoration, Renovation or Addition) (Coming to the website soon)

2020 Nantucket Sound Overlook — Residential (Restoration, Renovation or Addition)

2019 Concord New Farmhouse — Residential (New Construction) Under 5,000 square feet

2016 Morse Street Compound — Residential (Restoration, Renovation or Addition)

2016 HGTV Dream Home 2015 — Residential (New Construction) Under 5,000 SF

2012 Rural Vineyard — Residential (New Construction) over 5,000 square feet

2012 Boathouse & Atlantic (Merit Award) — Commercial

We encourage our followers to explore what the ICAA has to offer, both in-person and online. For our enthusiats, the organization represents a treasure trove of unmatched information and continuing education that is easily accessible to all.