Captain’s House

Edgartown Village Historic District, MA

Sitting on a prominent yet quiet lane in historic Edgartown, this house reimagines an original, blue-shuttered 1870 Greek Revival structure that couldn’t be salvaged and had to be demolished. Thanks to extensive photo documentation and measurements, a new-build home that looks like a restoration now stands on the site.

Preserved and reused original beams and mercury doorknobs—as well as old-growth pine flooring, antique window glass, and other historically accurate finishes—lend a nineteenth-century patina. The home’s flowing plan and light-filled spaces were designed to be conducive to indoor-outdoor enjoyment, a key element desired by the contemporary clients.

"Pat Ahearn was our architect for both houses. For the second rebuild, I drew my 'wish' house, and then Pat would figure out how to make it happen. We had a wonderful partnership; I wore him down redoing the first house."

Homeowner