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W. Lewis Barlow IV

At a Glance

Class Year: 1970

Award Year: 2011

Degree: Bachelor of Architecture

Profession: Architecture


Bill Barlow, who earned his Bachelor of Architecture Degree along with a Bachelor of Science in Urban Sociology From Texas A&M in 1972, retired as the supervisory historical architect for the National Park Service in 2011. He was responsible for policy and management for the preservation of some of America’s foremost architectural and historical treasures such as the Bunker Hill Monument, Old North Church, Faneuil Hall, the Old State House, the Old South Meeting House and the Paul Revere House, structures that bring life to American ideals of freedom of speech, religion, government and self-determination. “Bill Barlow has been one of Boston’s leading architects in promoting the preservation of the city’s architectural patrimony,” said Randall J. Biallas, assistant director of the U.S. National Park Service’s Park Cultural Resource Programs. “As a board member of the Boston Preservation Alliance, the city’s leading preservation and smart growth organization, he is in the forefront of not only preserving national historic landmarks but also in advocating and reviewing the major development projects that affect the qualities that make Boston a world class city” From 1974-1979, Barlow was senior project architect at the NPS’s Denver Service Center, directing a team of historical architects, engineers and conservators to provide restoration services for sites nation wide that included Lower Town in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, Fort Larned National Historic Site in Kansas and the Custis-Lee Mansion in Arlington National Cemetery. He played a leading role in restoring and rehabilitating 19th century mills in Lowell Massachusetts, when he was Lowell National Historical Park’s Assistant Superintendent supervising the Division of Technical Preservation from 1979-1986. Barlow was named a Fellow of the Association for Preservation Technology in 2000, the major English speaking organization of preservation professionals, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2002. In 2009 the Massachusetts Historical Society, America’s oldest such society, elected him a Fellow. He continues to be a preservation activist by serving on non-profit boards while continuing to advocate for the preservation and adaptive use of Mid-Century Modern Architecture. Bill Barlow is a Founding Professional Fellow at Texas A&M University’s Center for Heritage Conservation and in 2011 was elected Outstanding Alumni of the University’s College of Architecture. An award made to less then one percent of the College’s 15,000 graduates.