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The Gardner Grows

For Anne Hawley, patience is rewarded

The museum director weathered some storms to see the expansion through.

THE CONTROVERSY HAS faded, and the gleaming new wing is almost ready for opening day.

Anne Hawley, director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, sits in her new office on a recent afternoon, her window overlooking two artist-in-residence apartments. Nearby, workers furiously install finishing touches, from shelves to fresh sod, for an expansion more than a decade in the making.

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