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condominium in Back Bay kick-started that movement citywide, and its introduction of retail spaces and sidewalk cafes transformed Newbury Street into the pedestrian spot it is today. Ahearn eventually turned his firm's attention to high-end residential projects. Now in his fifth decade as an architect, Ahearn sees a renewal in the importance of design, with architects and homeowners striv- ing to build and restore houses that reflect, through their design, a balance of history and modernism that ultimately befits their sur- rounding community. "It's not just what (the homeowner) wants but also what fits the appropriate context," Ahearn said. He added, "When someone's new to a community, and they do their home the right way, they are embraced by the com- munity. If you build a McMansion … it's not going to go over well. That's the challenge in Wellesley, with all these teardowns. What do you replace them with? Not every house is worth saving, but in the context of a neigh- borhood, it's worth looking at what is there." Ahearn believes the three Wellesley proj- ects featured in Timeless respect the aes- thetic and expectations of their respective neighborhoods. Two of them, including his own, were renovations of old structures in Wellesley Farms, while the third was a com- plete creation in Wellesley Hills. That one had to convey grandeur, on a large scale that would include the amenities of a modern resort, such as gathering spaces and room for 179 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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