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Romance in Architecture

Romance in Architecture

From Courtships to Courtyards

Today is Valentine’s Day – a date that many celebrate romance and love. The tradition began in the 14th century and flourished throughout the years until in the 18th century lovers began exchanging gifts such as flowers to proclaim their courtship.

Here we will recognize the day of love by sharing some romantic elements in architecture. Design, both inside and outside of the home, can articulate a distinct and timeless feeling of romance.

A home’s arrival sequence is the first opportunity to introduce a romantic tone. Grand, curving covered archways (porte-cochère), intimate portals and pergolas provide an appealing start to a sequence of encounters – and elicit a feeling of anticipation for what is to come. Traversing down a tree-lined, grass strip allée accented with beautiful plantings can frame and enhance the experience, while visual moments such as gardens or elements of surprise can add to the romantic sensibility.

While the approach is an important introduction, other exterior elements can play a meaningful roll in creating romance. A gambrel roof form, charming window boxes or a beautiful wrap around porch all create memorable architectural moments. Lighting is another way to add exterior romance to a home: A warm, layered glow can radiate romance throughout the property with a flick of a switch.

Of course, the inside of a home can exude meaningful of romance as well. These impressions come in varying forms – from arched openings to reclaimed beams to coffered ceilings, to name a few. Sometimes, romance comes in the form of rich wood paneling or a wainscoting. Other times, it can be the intimate design of a sitting area, or a window seat with a stunning view.

The essence of romance can also be a personal experience such as a hidden garden, an intimate dressing or bathroom – or even a private view. As they say, love and romance is in the eye of the beholder. For some, it may be the alluring curve of a Palladian window; for others, a Romeo and Juliet balcony.

Here’s to romance, in all of its many (architectural) shapes and forms. Happy Valentine’s Day!

See more romantic images on our pinterest page here.

Congratulations Mike Tartamella

Michael Tartamella Appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art New England Chapter


paa-139-edit-edit_webOn the evening of October 26th, the Board of Trustees of the New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art gathered together at The College Club of Boston to carefully appoint new members to the board that they felt would carry on their mission:

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism and their allied arts. It does so through education, publication, and advocacy…

We are proud to announce that one of our very own, Michael J. Tartamella AIA, was unanimously voted to be appointed to the Board of Trustees for a term of three years.

“I am truly flattered to be appointed and excited to be part of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s New England Chapter. I look forward to working with a strong team dedicated to supporting an important mission.”

– Michael Tartamella AIA

For those who don’t know, Mike is the Senior Associate here at Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC. Prior to joining the firm over 12 years ago, Mike’s professional experience included both commercial and residential work with architectural firms in Boston, New York, and Washington D.C. Not only is Mike a member of the American Institute of Architects, he is also a member of the Boston Society of Architects and obtains a NCARB certificate from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. When Mike isn’t practicing architecture, you’ll most likely find him on the golf course or spending quality time with his family.

We also want to express a sincere congratulations to all of the newly appointed Trustee Members listed on their website here. We know the New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is in good hands.

If you would like to personally congratulate Mike, he can be reached on his LinkedIn page.

2016 PRISM Awards

Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC Honored With 8 Awards at the 2016 PRISM Awards Gala


Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC was recognized for professional excellence with 8 PRISM Awards on October 6th, 2016.

Hosted by The Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB), the PRISM Awards recognize the finest projects and outstanding achievements of builders, developers, project owners, architects, land planners, marketing/advertising firms, interior designers, remodelers, and other professionals in the home building industry. This year’s PRISM Awards Gala presented awards in nearly 80 different categories to honor the accomplishments of those who influence the building and design industry in Greater Boston. Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC won the most awards in the following categories and was recognized as trailblazer in their field:

“Each year the PRISM Awards honors the movers and shakers of the home building industry. The ceremony is an incredible opportunity for the building industry to come together and celebrate the accomplishments of their peers and show support for one another,” said Lorraine DeVaux, Chief Executive Officer of the Builders Association of Greater Boston. “Our winners this year once again prove that New England is home to some of the most extraordinary members of the building industry.”


BRAGB received almost 300 entries for the PRISM Awards this year, which is the highest number of entries in the program since at least 2007. A distinguished panel representing various segments of the residential building industry from across the country performed the judging. For more information about the PRISM Awards, please visit www.prism-awards.com.


Images from the Award Show

Best of the Vineyard 2015

Vote PA: Best of the Vineyard 2015

Patrick Ahearn Architect is nominated for “Best Architecturalahearn_field-club_11 and/or Residential Design Company” in the Best of the Vineyard 2015 by Martha’s Vineyard Magazine. Patrick has designed over 200 properties on Martha’s Vineyard including homes, restaurants, the Field Club, and this years HGTV Dream House.

Last year, Patrick won Best of the Vineyard 2014. Let’s keep it up! Last day to vote is APRIL 5, 2015.


  1. Go to http://bestofthevineyard.secondstreetapp.com/l/Best-of-the-Vineyard-2015/Ballot/Services
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  3. Pick the category: Services
  4. Under “Best Architectural and/or Residential Design Company” vote Patrick Ahearn

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