Sweet Auburn: The Magazine of the Friends of Mount Auburn President Bill Clendaniel Retires | Page 26

People and Happenings A Perfect Dovetail: Bill Barry Appointed Vice President of Preservation & Facilities) B y Stephen H. Anable, Communications Coordinator & Writer If a blueprint designating the “specs” require d for the new post of Vice President of Preservation & Facili- ties at Mount Auburn existed, it would dovetail perfectly with the background and passions of William (Bill) Barry. A preservation architect, Bill joined the Cemetery’s staff on February 1, 2008. He had previously spent nearly a year consulting with Mount Auburn, leading the Preservation Initiative, a thirteen-month-long effort by Trustees, staff and outside experts to articulate a preservation philosophy and begin to create an inventory and planning tool for the Cemetery’s preservation challenges. At the same time, Bill was shepherding the Administration Building and its inhab- itants through a complex HVAC upgrade project. Through it all—the drop-cloths and tents, drilling and plaster dust, the phalanx of workers and the protective plastic carpeting squeaking underfoot—Bill remained his chipper, upbeat, informative self. Bill is excited to work at Mount Auburn—with both its structures and its people. “Mount Auburn has a tremendous collection of historic structures and works of art—and of people, who are diverse in their expertise and their person- alities.” He is enjoying working with staff in preservation, historical collections, planning, and facilities maintenance. Previously Bill worked at the renowned Boston firm of Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott for 22 years. (The firm was founded by H. H. Richardson, and Bill’s early work there was under the guidance of one of his descen- dents, Daniel Coolidge, who is buried at Mount Auburn.) For much of his time at Shepley Bulfinch, Bill worked on many historic public libraries, including the mammoth, multi-year restoration of the 19th-century classic Beaux Arts masterpiece, the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. Highlights of the effort included the res- toration of the famous murals by John Singer Sargent and Edwin Austin Abbey, among others. “That was some of the most exciting work there, to accom- modate fine art conser- vation in the context of a public bid con- struction project,” Bill remembers. “That was particularly challenging.” In some instances Bill and his colleagues got to develop new spaces when obsolete building systems were removed or replaced. Of course anything new they proposed had to harmonize or echo the old.