Winners were recognized during an awards ceremony held April 5, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois where one Gold winner in each of fifty-four categories was named. The remaining finalists in each category become Silver winners.
“The mission of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program is simple: to recognize excellence and innovation in independent publishing,” said IBPA CEO Angela Bole. “Unlike many other award programs, the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program demands both editorial and design excellence and entrants are judged independently on both.”
This year, over 160 librarians, booksellers, and design and editorial experts – most of whom have decades of book industry experience – judged the books submitted to the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program. The judging process took seven months, beginning in September 2018 and continuing into March 2019. At the end of the process, over 1,500 unique entrants will receive a written critique from each of the three judges who reviewed their book. The critiques include constructive feedback to help each publisher understand how their book is being perceived by industry professionals, upholding part of IBPA’s mission to serve the independent publishing community through education.
This level of detail has helped the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program remain one of the highest national honors for independent publishers for over 30 years. “When our awards program started,” said IBPA COO Terry Nathan, “we were one of the only ones around. Since then, many other programs have come and gone, but we are proud that our awards continue to do what they did when IBPA started, and that is to help our members improve their publishing programs.”
We are overjoyed to be a recipient of this prestigious award and would like to thank all who were involved – from our clients to our book publisher ORO Editions and everyone in between – in bringing our first monograph to fruition. It truly is an honor, thank you.
Last but not least: Concluding our 12-month Book Tour
Thursday, January 31st, brought us to beautiful Palm Beach, Florida and marked the 18th and final stop on our year-long Timeless book tour. We had the great pleasure of speaking at the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, a private organization that protects and celebrates the area’s historic, architectural and cultural heritage. While the day started off rainy, the sun made a fitting appearance as people arrived, setting the tone for a fabulous afternoon.
We were thrilled and honored by the turn out of 100 guests including Preservation Foundation members, clients, and designers – some of whom we hadn’t seen in years! The event began with a presentation of Timeless followed by a wonderful reception and book signing where attendees had the chance to socialize and mingle. We were delighted to see several of our Martha’s Vineyard clients in the audience including friend and Preservation Foundation Trustee Kenn Karakul, Dan and Mary Stanton, Taki and Elaine Pantzopolous, Lou and Zacharie Vinios, Tim and Lily Bentas, Bob and Pat Snyder, Stuart Roffman, Lise Revers, and Gina Mortara – to name a few.
After the event we visited the lovely Kips Bay Decorator Show House, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, where we caught up with renowned interior designer, Cindy Rinfret. The Show House, a Mediterranean-style home located along the Intracoastal Waterway, was co-chaired by Preservation Foundation Chairman Pauline Pitt who we had the distinct pleasure of meeting and chatting with earlier.
Concluding our 12-month book tour in Palm Beach could not have been more wonderful and we want to express our gratitude for the tremendous support we’ve received throughout this extraordinary year. Whether speaking in New York, Charleston, or here in Palm Beach, we had the good fortune to meet passionate, engaged guests who share a genuine interest in architecture and historic restoration. Sharing our work and design philosophy with such an incredible group of people has been great fun and a marvelous honor – thank you all!
For a full summary of the tour including videos and images, head to our Timeless page.
Autumn in New York is Timeless in New York! On Thursday, November 1st, we had the great pleasure of speaking at the historic Joseph I. Lubin House on the beautiful Upper East Side of Manhattan. The townhouse, which serves as home base for Syracuse University’s NYC operations, was an ideal venue to meet and mingle with our New York clients, friends, family and colleagues.The evening began with a festive cocktail reception in the 1870’s Room, a gorgeous, wood paneled room restored as an “historic and ceremonial space” to gather. Guests then moved downstairs to the Pergament Room for the book presentation and to take part in a lively Q&A discussion about architectural and design inspiration. We were thrilled to see so many familiar faces in the audience – as well as many new friends we were delighted to meet and talk with.
After the lecture, the celebration continued back upstairs where guests socialized and enjoyed a fabulous array of Spanish tapas and Tuscan Antipasti. There was great energy in the room – laughter, lively discussion and a palpable sense that everyone appreciated the unequaled feeling of autumn in New York. We were grateful to share the evening with such a wonderful group of people.
Next up on our Timeless book tour is Wellesley Free Library on November 29th and then Chatham Bars Inn December 6th. Local and holiday presentations not to be missed! Please visit https://patrickahearn.com/timeless-book/ to RSVP.
Tuesday, February 13th marked Patrick’s first official stop on his much anticipated book tour for Timeless: Classic American Architecture for Contemporary Living. The Boston Design Center proved to be a fantastic venue for his inaugural lecture and book signing with over 200 attendees. The outstanding attendance and outpouring of support was a perfect way to kick off the tour. Patrick began the lecture by sharing his Levittown, New York roots, describing how the location of his upbringing came to impact his future design philosophy. He then brought the audience through the storied chapters of his career – from his work designing Faneuil Hall to restoring countless blocks of Back Bay – culminating with meaningful design stories of the homes featured in Timeless.
After the presentation one guest remarked,
“I’ve followed Patrick’s work for decades, and now really understand what sets him apart.”
Following the lecture, the crowd gathered at the beautiful Christopher Peacock gallery for a reception and book signing. The positive energy in the room was contagious. Guests ranged from interior designers to brokers to media professionals – and all were anxious to discuss Timeless and their thoughts on the lecture. While the crowd was substantial, the event still felt intimate as Patrick chatted with people one-on-one at the signing table.
It was a terrific afternoon and we are grateful to everyone who joined us. We look forward to an exciting book tour ahead, so please check our schedule to see if we will be coming to your area. The schedule will be updated as new locations are added.
Timeless reveals how Patrick Ahearn’s historically motivated, human-scaled designs have advanced the art of place-making in some of America’s most affluent and storied destinations. Whether carefully restoring century-old landmarked townhouses in Boston’s Back Bay or creating new homes that reimagine the local vernacular of Martha’s Vineyard, Ahearn demonstrates an unparalleled ability to combine the romance of traditional architecture with the ideals of modernism. With his work, he sensitively balances preservation with innovation to make buildings that feel truly timeless. Timeless features eighteen “Ahearn-designed” homes and explains how he adapts and applies philosophy’s greater-good theory to each of his projects. The idea of the greater good encapsulates his profound belief that architecture has the power to improve lives, to increase happiness, and to encourage friendly and familiar interactions. It serves as a guiding principle for all of his work. To achieve the goals of this theory, Ahearn designs buildings that are appropriately scaled and smartly sited, paying as much attention to the spaces between structures as to the structures themselves.
A master of vernacular architecture styles, Ahearn develops his schemes based on decades of careful study and extensive knowledge of historic and regional context. Through the practice of what he refers to as “narrative-driven architecture,” he creates a storyline for every home he restores, renovates, or builds from the ground up. This scripting gives his buildings a sense of implied history and at the same time lets them expand in scope and plan to contain the various needs of twenty-first-century living.
Revealing the stories behind the iconic houses and public environments handsomely depicted in its pages, Timeless captures Ahearn’s singular vision, creative process, and deep expertise. For architects and interior designers — or for anyone who has ever dreamed of creating a home with a true sense of place — this book will enlighten and inspire.
Patrick Ahearn has thousands of residential and commercial successes under his architect’s belt. But even with those celestial numbers, few will ever get the chance to tour – let alone live in – one of Ahearn’s gems. But that’s about to change with Ahearn’s inaugural book – Timeless: Classic American Architecture for Contemporary Living. The sumptuously photographed chronicle of Ahearn’s work in some of New England’s most special places is more than a pretty picture tour of enviable homes. The book also tours the mind of an architect on a mission to make both neighbors and neighborhoods better by the homes he builds, no matter how grand or modest. John Budris Editor, Vineyard Style Magazine
Patrick will commence his book tour after the official book launch in December. Destinations will include Boston, Wellesley, Martha’s Vineyard, and Cape Cod along with major cities down the east coast including New York City, Palm Beach, and more. Stay tuned to find the closest city near you!