Vineyard Classics


In celebration of this year’s Best of the Vineyard contest in which Patrick Ahearn was nominated for Best Architect, we’re highlighting some of his Martha’s Vineyard projects that combine the romance of traditional architecture with the ideals of modernism and feel truly timeless. These homes, all built more than a decade prior, each upholds the principles of classic vernacular and feel as enduring today as they did when they were constructed. We hope that you’ll enjoy this property showcase, and that you’ll consider voting for Patrick in this year’s contest.


This stately gambrel-roofed manor house was inspired by The Great Gatsby and recalls the glamour, style, and grace of the 1920s. A perennial favorite, it graced the cover of Timeless in 2018.

Urban Island Village Compound

This new construction home is a testament to the power of narrative-driven architecture. Design directives were all rooted in the concept that the property could have been an early-eighteenth century midshipman’s home. As such the residence feels uniquely authentic and historically inspired.

Fuller Street Cape

The complete renovation of this classic 1935 cape-style colonial is an enduring favorite thanks to its cohesive composition and storybook charm.

Coastal New England Harbor House

This proud hilltop shingle-style residence was designed in quintessential New England coastal vernacular. Abundant decking, a widows walk, and multipaned windows all allow for appreciation of harbor views beyond the property.

Harbor Cottage

Built on the footprint of a 1950s cape that couldn’t meet the needs of its latest owners, this new construction cottage on Vineyard Haven Harbor is preciously sited on the edge of a waterfront embankment.

Harbor Restoration

The 1682 John Coffin House underwent significant restoration and augmentation via historically-motivated outbuildings to accomodate the current owners’ multigenerational family. Exceptional care was taken to preserve public views of the harbor and fortify the home for the future.

Morse Street Compound

To revive their 1845 Greek Revival Captain’s house and accommodate a much more expansive program, a historically-appropriate second gabled structure was added. The restored and reimagined vacation home maintains its intimacy, but is now ready for entertaining.

Morse Street House & Carriage House

Completed more than 20 years ago, this new-build Greek Revival home and streetside carriage house represent one of the firm’s earliest projects in Edgartown. The property evidences many signature characteristics that define the body of work which has since followed.

Snow’s Point

Once a crumbling fishing-camp building without foundation, this renovated and expanded 815-square foot home on the island of Chappaquiddick now offers spectacular ocean views and surprising spaciousness all while capturing the charming 1920s spirit of its past as part of a “Chappy Camp.”

Rural Vineyard

This new construction gambrel created in the style of a late-nineteenth-century shingle-style manor was expressly designed to place water views along the back of the house where residents would spend the bulk of their time.

If these properties have you considering a timeless residence of your own, we invite you contact us to learn how we might approach your project. In the interim we hope you’ll find meaningful inspiration in our portfolio.