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Timeless Architecture

Milton, MA

Licensed AIA Architect in Massachusetts

About Timeless Architecture

Since 1988, Henry MacLean has been designing buildings that unite ecological concerns with a sensitivity to the rich heritage of New England architecture. His clients enjoy an integrative design process, insuring a highly efficient and healthy end product. Unique buildings emerge from this process, in harmony with the larger community.

MacLean works with a wide network of contractors, engineers and specialists with experience in fine craftsmanship and green design. As a long time faculty member at the Boston Architectural College, Henry continues to his educational efforts in Sustainable Design which he regularly shares in presentations to his longtime colleagues at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. He has also taught at Wentworth and co-chaired the early years of BSA-COTE.

Working with the consultant team clients he serves, the adjoining images and project descriptions illustrate that experience with specific expertise in the following areas:

  • New Homes and Additions
  • Light Commercial Design
  • Renovations and Interior Design
  • Historic Preservation in wide range of Styles
  • Deep Energy Retrofits, & Zero Net Energy Homes
  • Sustainable Design & Energy Star Homes since 1991
  • 3D Modeling integrated w/ construction drawings
  • Over 30 years of successful projects in New England
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"I met and hired Henry MacLean, from Timeless Architecture when I wanted to make some significant changes to my existing 1840 Victorian home in Dedham, MA. between 2015-16. His structural knowledge along with his years and vast experience as an architect made him invaluable to this project, as it required tearing down a portion of the house and rebuilding it to fit the style and feel of the rest of my antique home. Henry had the unique ability and vision to blend and attach this new space in such a seamless way to look and feel as if it had always been there!"

Keeping with the character and charm of the original home, he created beautiful new interior spaces that flowed easily between rooms with lots of natural light and detail. His knowledge and experience with Green technology also helped me choose solar panels which currently blend into my roof almost unnoticed and provide me financial and environmental benefit. Beyond his talent, Henry was warm, communicative, fun to work with as well as professional and always mindful of schedules, deadlines and staying within the budget. He has my highest praise for a job well done and I couldn't recommend anyone more highly."

"Henry was our architect for a major addition and home remodel. He was extremely creative in his approaches to achieving our desired results. It is an old house and therefore, there were a lot of quirky issues to address. The addition now looks like it was always part of the house, and it is a classic New England design. When others said that it couldn't be done with us living in the house during construction (we could not afford to rent for months to get the work done), he staged the project seamlessly, so as it did not take significantly longer even with us in the house. Henry was good at projecting and justifying costs. Sometimes they were higher than we budgeted for, but he worked with us on alternative approaches when cost was an issue. Now that the work is done, we don't know how we could have lived without it."

"Henry MacLean helped us plan not one, but two major renovations for our house. In 2004-2005, we added a family room and master bath over a previously separate garage, plus front entry and rear entry rooms. This project had complex challenges—100-year-old building technology, garage target slightly out of square, variance permit requirement. Henry plowed through them like 6” of snow on a New England country road. Then, in 2013, he drew up plans for a remodeled kitchen, including removing walls to open up the kitchen, living room, dining room and breakfast room so that they flow together, plus needed major structural repairs to the foundation and ground floor. Henry worked together with our general contractors to ensure the jobs went smoothly. He called in the services of a structural engineer when required. He managed the variance permit application to help win the variance approval. Henry is green-conscious, and so made many suggestions for conserving energy, utilizing sustainable energy resources and protecting the environment. Henry was creative, easy to work with and made good suggestions that enhanced the beauty, utility and aesthetic appeal of our home."

BSA Design Awards

1989-1990 Sustainable Design | Citation for Excellence
Lincoln Community Development Proposal

Services and Experience

Small Firm (1-5 Architects)
Locations Served:
Central Mass
Greater Boston
Practice Areas:
Green / Sustainable Building
Style Focus:
Building Design / Renovation
Construction Documents
Design Development
Energy Efficiency Assessments
Existing Conditions Evaluation
Feasibility Study
Floor Plans
Home Addition
Schematic Design
Technical Drawings (Blueprints)