July 10, 2012
We asked noted residential architect Patrick Ahearn, principal of Patrick Ahearn Architect, longtime island resident and author (so far) of more than 100 building and restoration projects in Edgartown alone, to discuss one of his most significant projects over the last few years.
Text by Kyle Hoepner Photography by Kent Dayton
Kyle Hoepner: Briefly, Patrick, what is the Boathouse?
Patrick Ahearn: The Boathouse/Field Club is a private club with two primary locations. The Boathouse itself is located on the edge of Edgartown Harbor, on Main Street, in a newly constructed building I designed. The first floor houses the Atlantic Fish & Chop House, which is open to the public;
the Boathouse Club is on the second floor. Both facilities offer extensive outdoor dining space as well as public access to the docks, where the club’s private fleet of boats is moored. There’s also a third-floor “crow’s nest” club room that provides a unique space for meetings and lounging.
The Field Club is located one mile from Edgartown, set on seven-plus acres of manicured grounds. There is a clubhouse, a lawn games area, a full-service spa, a members’ restaurant and club bar. There are three heated outdoor pools. The main pool—with a unique “beach entry” at one end—is surrounded by a large patio and a series of seasonal cabanas.
The Field Club is surrounded by a new residential development consisting of twenty-six large residential lots (of which only one lot is not yet spoken for). I have designed three of the new residences so far in this development, including my own “car barn” on an individual lot that I purchased two years ago. Although it’s separate from the club proper, the residential component of the development embraces the same Shingle-style architecture used for the club’s facilities, all linked by a white-fenced, tree-lined entry drive.