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Architecture at MV Food & Wine Festival

Architecture at Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival

Last weekend marked the eighth year we’ve enthusiastically supported the Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival, a wonderful autumn event held in the village of Edgartown. Described as a “festival with a mission,” this annual celebration takes place over four days, attracts 1,500 worldwide visitors, and financially benefits important organizations like Island Grown Schools and Agricultural Society’s Farmer’s Program.

The first of our two engagements took place on Friday at Edgartown’s historic Harborview Hotel, where we spoke to a distinguished audience gathered for Perspectives on Architecture, sponsored by the Boston Design Center. Here, we shared the story of our early years in Edgartown and how our love of this seaside village evolved into thirty years of passionate work, helping to enhance and revitalize the town’s architectural aesthetic. We, along with designers Peter Niemitz and Rachel Reider, shared our perspectives to an audience of architecture enthusiasts, decorators, builders, and brokers who afterward enjoyed a lively reception filled with conversations about the many noteworthy ongoing and recently completed Island design projects.

The view from the Harborview Hotel.

Our next event, a guided Walking Tour of Edgartown, took place the following morning with spectacular weather and a spirited group of attendees. The walk began at Edgartown’s Rosewater Café and proceeded down historic South Water Street along Edgartown’s harbor. Here – where we have completed over 200 projects from grand restorations to careful reimaginings of Captain’s homes – we shared the history of Martha’s Vineyard architecture and how the village of Edgartown has evolved over the years.

Saturday morning, we began the Walking Tour with coffee at Rosewater.
On our way to South Water Street on a beautiful fall day.

Our first tour stop was at a harborside compound – sometimes called the James Cagney House – which epitomizes urban island village living. The original Greek Revival house, built in the 1920s, suffered significant neglect and was reconstructed on the existing footprint to preserve the original character and scale. While touring this significant project, we had the chance to discuss the design philosophy behind the new carriage house and visit the restored boathouse with its magnificent, spar-varnished mahogany bar.

Tour attendees file in the first house on the tour – a re-imagined Captain’s house and carefully restored boathouse that opens onto the edge of Edgartown’s harbor.
After walking through the house, we gathered outside on the bluestone pool terrace.
Tour-goers asking questions while others continue to explore the property.
Ahearn discussing the careful restoration of another historic Captain’s home on Edgartown harbor.
Heading down the cobblestone drive towards the water to see the rear.
Ahearn shares the history and challenges associated with this project.
Ahearn directs the tour-goers’ attention to point out specific elements on the home.

With a highly engaged audience (some of whom traveled from Minnesota and California), the conversation was lively, and the questions were astute. We were even lucky enough to have one of our clients on the tour who graciously offered an impromptu visit to her home, the historic Captain Rufus Pease House while sharing some creative details about its significant restoration.

Next stop, a house built for the island’s first blacksmith in 1682.
Ahearn shares the design direction of the restoration as well as the challenges.
Last stop on the tour was a home built in 1938 for Captain Rufus Pease.
The homeowner joins Ahearn in presenting her home to the attendees.

The walking tour concluded at The Carnegie, a historic landmark and village gem we had the honor to recently restore. The 112-year-old building, once the town library and now owned and operated by Vineyard Trust, is now a heritage center that showcases the Trust’s 20 historic Island properties. During the reception, our guests had the opportunity to mingle, sip Prosecco and learn more about the Trust’s mission and Island-wide properties. Before leaving, each attendee received a copy of our book, Timeless, as a parting gift.

The newly restored, historic Carnegie building on North Water Street in Edgartown.
The newly restored, historic Carnegie building on North Water Street in Edgartown.

We were thrilled to meet so many wonderful people at both of these sold-out weekend events and delighted to again help support the Festival in a meaningful way.

AIA College of Fellows Ceremony

May 15, 2015, Patrick Ahearn was inducted into the College of Fellows in The American Institute of Architects.

The College of Fellows is composed of members of the Institute who are elevated to Fellowship by a jury of their peers. Fellowship is one of the highest honors the AIA can bestow upon a member. Elevation to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievement of the architect as an individual, but also elevates before the public and the profession those architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and to society.

Patrick reflects on the last 42 years of his practice and the journey it is has been. “It is a day of celebration for me and I am looking forward to many years in the future to continue the good works that I do.” Patrick attended the ceremony with his wife, daughter, and sister.  The ceremony was held in the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

PA Sponsors Upcoming Events

Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC is proudly sponsoring the College for Creative Studies’ Student Exhibition Opening and JDRF’s 33rd Annual Boston Gala.

College for Creative Studies’ Student Exhibition Opening

Patrick Ahearn’s son, Conor Ahearn, is a Junior at the College for 7f072b1f5715ec6555d197e0d74fcda0Creative Studies. He is currently enrolled in the Product Design program. Conor will be participating in the Student Exhibition Opening this May. Conor’s product design, M.A.T (Mechanical Advantage Tool), is a family of gardening tools designed for the elderly with joint problems such as Arthritis.

View Conor Ahearn’s project here: http://portfolios.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/gallery/22405317/MAT-Mechanical-Advantage-Tool.



JDRF 33rd Annual Boston Gala

JDRF’s mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications Galathrough the support of research. Saturday, May 9th, JDRF will be holding its 33rd Annual Boston Gala in the Boston Marriott Copley Place.

JDRF has been working on three major issues:

  1. Increase federal funding for research
  2. Educate and support the local area, New England
  3. Extend community services to individuals and families suffering from Type I Diabetes

To accomplish these goals, JDRF raises funds through donations, corporation supporters, and events such as the Boston Gala.

View the JDRF 33rd Annual Gala here: https://jdrf-baystate.ejoinme.org/?tabid=546528.


Patrick Presents HGTV Dream Home 2015 to GMC

This May, GMC, the sponsor for HGTV Dream Home 2015, is hosting an event for their corporate and local Boston dealers. Prior to the tour, Patrick will be giving insight on the architecture of the home as well as his influence on the Vineyard over the past four decades.

Every home Patrick designs begins with a narrative on how the home could have developed over the years.  Patrick explains, “The concept of scripting allows one the opportunity to embrace the client’s more utilitarian program with a sense of history or timelessness that results in houses that look as natural and authentic as possible.” Patrick will be sharing his narrative with GMC.

Here is a sneak preview:

“A hunter or fisherman would build a cottage – that first piece is at the center of the home. Then, a boat shed is built to the left of this structure, two stone chimneys to heat the main building are put in place, porches are enclosed over time and you see how the design begins to fill out.”

The Dream Home is just one of many timeless pieces that Patrick has designed on Martha’s Vineyard. With each of his 137 houses and public buildings in Edgartown Village, Patrick’s improvement of their aesthetic by virtue of the human scale and classic forms worked to serve beyond the buildings’ specific function and enhanced the greater public realm in their collective whole. The human experience in Edgartown Village is characterized by a nostalgic era full of lovingly restored family homes, shops, and restaurants that capture the historical essence of the locale yet live the way people want to live today. Patrick’s vision for establishing a sense of place for Edgartown Village was realized with The Boathouse and Atlantic Restaurants as catalysts in the revitalization of Main Street, the harbor front, and the Edgartown commercial district. Edgartown Village epitomizes Patrick’s design philosophy as it responds to the collective whole with human scaled architecture, resulting in the intersection of aestheticism, function, and vitality. Sidewalks were widened, tree and lightscapes created, street furniture installed, new public access to the water front and docks and additional outdoor dining at the water’s edge followed, all breathing vitality into the town, and creating a “sense of place” where one did not exist previously.

Patrick is looking forward to the opportunity to share his inspiration and thoughts when designing the Dream Home and Edgartown Village. Be on the lookout for GMC’s Spring 2015 issue! Patrick is featured in an article discussing his inspiration for the HGTV Dream Home 2015.

View the HGTV Dream Home 2015 here. View The Field Club Recreation Facilities here.