History Reinterpreted
The Myles Standish Hotel Book

The second published work from celebrated classical architect Patrick Ahearn, History Reinterpreted showcases the reimagination of the north wing of the 1871 Myles Standish Hotel in Duxbury, Massachusetts, detailing the process of its dramatic transformation into a grand dame seaside estate. The step-by-step architectural metamorphosis unfolds from cover to cover, fascinating anyone who has ever wondered “what if” about a once vibrant aging property.

As a case study in narrative-driven design, the book demonstrates how historically motivated augmentation and renovation can be brilliantly achieved without sacrificing any contemporary convenience. Ahearn deftly details the how and why of changes to both the interior and exterior program. By touching upon inspiring past works, he explains how the preservation of an idea as opposed to a precise structure can tug at the sentiments of memory, present an authentic attitude, and elicit a nostalgic response.

The volume includes Ahearn’s own hand drawings, before and after floor plans, and countless full-page photographs from both yesterday and today to delight architecture and history buffs alike. Thanks to modern technology the printed page comes alive; readers can see the original hotel wing being moved onto a newly poured foundation and hear hotel chimes more than a century old being rung in present day.

Captivating with a journey back in time and a window into Ahearn’s architectural processes, History Reinterpreted is the story of a home expertly redesigned to live for the future while respecting the past, and is an inspiring addition to any library of design books.

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Book Tour

See below for past and upcoming stops on Patrick’s book tour. Both in-person and virtual events are scheduled so enthusiasts near and far can participate.



May 3, 2023   |   6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Private Pre-Launch book lecture kicking off the Wellesley Junior Women’s Club annual Kitchen and Home Tour at the Wellesley Country Club

See photos and a video from the evening on our blog.



May 11, 2023   |   6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Private Book Launch Party at the illustrious Harvard Club in Back Bay

See photos and a video from the evening on our blog.



June 27, 2023   |   11:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Lecture at the Boston Design Center followed by a book signing and reception.

See photos and a video from the event on our blog.



September 19, 2023   |   5:30 PM

Lecture at Syracuse University’s Slocum Auditorium followed by a reception and book signing

Find more information on Syracuse University’s website.



October 19, 2023   |   6:30 – 8:00 PM

Lecture at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School followed by a reception and book signing

See photos and a video from the evening on our youtube channel.



January 25, 2024   |   6:00 – 8:00 PM

Author talk, book signing and reception presented by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art and the Boston Athenaeum

See a video recap of the event on our youtube channel.



March 26, 2024   |   6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Author talk and book signing at Beacon Hill Books & Cafe – seating is limited and RSVP is required.

Event has sold out – join the wait list to be notified of a cancellation



April 23, 2024   |   6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Author talk, book signing, and reception at the Christopher Peacock Boston showroom to kick off Boston Design Week

RSVP – seating is limited



May 23, 2024   |   6:00 – 8:30 PM

Patrick will visit the cape for a book talk, signing, and reception at Wychmere Beach Club

RSVP is required