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library reading belles-lettres literature bestsellers media authors books Homes That Escape Time A L B E R T M C K E O N writer his career as an architect has spanned 45 years, but Patrick Ahearn's stated goal is to design homes that escape time. His creations learn from the past so they can shape a future that balances preservation with innovation. It's fitting, then, that Ahearn's first book, a monograph that explores in words and pic- tures 18 homes he restored or created, has the title Timeless. The 160-page book, which was published by Oro Editions in December, shares how Ahearn approached his favorite projects — a list that includes a Greek revival on Martha's Vineyard and the renovation of a 1910 shin- gle-style "jewel in the Chatham crown." The book also details his work on three homes in Wellesley. One of those houses is his own, a cottage in Wellesley Farms designed by Boston architect Royal Barry Wills, whose penchant for refinement earned him renown as a preeminent Cape Cod-style designer. Ahearn's style aims for "the greater good," he said in an interview before the publication of Timeless. In his eyes, the greater good is "all about scale. The spaces between buildings become as important as the houses themselves. You need to think about character and environment and carry it throughout the whole project." Ahearn grew up in Levittown, New York, where the seeds for his architectural style took root. He created model houses and village surroundings for his train set, striving even then for a proper balance of space. C O U R T E S Y O F O R O E D I T I O N S 176 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8

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