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can be wrapped around a structure in an unpretentious way while communicating a unique personality." Lilley's designs do just that. While often representing homes built on a modest scale on smaller lots, they have a look that grounds them in a past familiar to anyone who knows that screen doors had a partic- ular sound when banged shut and that, during summer vacation, kids on bikes had the run of the neighborhood. Wellesley resident Patrick Ahearn, who works from offices in Boston and Edgartown, designs in multiple idioms, many of which incorporate Shingle Style in whole or part in their design. Like every architect mentioned here, he is the recipient of multiple awards. So whether your taste runs to the traditional, historic, quaint cottage, or repurposed carriage house, Ahearn's well-practiced sensibility represents a unique resource. "Shingle Style brings back the aesthetic and scale of the past," he notes. "It beautifully fulfills the way so many of us want to live. One can blend any number of genres, from Arts & Crafts to Cape Cottage – anything goes. It's fluid, with plenty of latitude to allow for personal taste." Command of the Idiom Any number local of practitioners are worthy of note in reviewing contemporary trends in Shingle Style architecture, but one more office absolutely must be mentioned here. Husband and wife team Meyer & Meyer work for both commercial and private clients. With 35 years of know-how and a powerful command of the shingle idiom, they have created coastal cottages to rival those constructed in the Gilded Age. But when Meyer & Meyer design on a reduced scale, they outdo themselves, as the sheltering façade of one of their more diminutive, beautifully realized vacation homes so clearly reveals. Now, no doubt, it's time to be off: the winding streets and hidden lanes of Wellesley and Weston only reveal their secrets to those who seek them out. There's a renaissance in contempo- rary Shingle Style architecture to be discovered, accompanied by a coterie of well-aged and no less engaging examples ready to reveal (if only from curbside) their antique charms – and all waiting just around the next corner. 52 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 Resources n JAN GLEYSTEEN ARCHITECTS, INC. www.jangleysteeninc.com 781.431.0080 n ABELES & ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTS, INC. www.abelesandassociates.com 508.655.6636 n JACOB LILLEY ARCHITECTS, INC. www.jlaarchitects.com 781.431.6100 n PATRICK AHEARN www.patrickahearn.com Boston: 617.266.1710 Martha's Vineyard: 508.939.9312 n MEYER & MEYER ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIORS www.meyerandmeyerarchitects.com 617.266.0555 Shingle Style

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