W J Barre, 1830-1867: A Vigorous Mind


Author: Dr Paul Harron

The architect William Joseph Barre (1830-1867), a native of Newry, Co. Down, who moved his practice to a burgeoning Belfast in 1860, was one of Ulster’s very best Victorian designers. His body of work is worthy of capture and is celebrated anew in this comprehensive, beautifully illustrated monograph by Dr Paul Harron.

Distinctive, original, eclectic, sometimes quirky, often dramatic and in a range of different styles, the architects’ building designs form some of the richest components of the built environment in Ulster from the High Victorian period.

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Dimensions: 21.5 x 2.5 x 30.5 cm

Published by: Ulster Architectural Heritage 2021

Format: hardback, full-colour

Dr Paul Harron (Hon RSUA) studied at the University of St Andrews; Berkeley; London Birkbeck and Queen’s University, Belfast. He is Director of Operations at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and has written and edited several books and many articles on various architectural and cultural themes.

This volume, illustrated with new, specially commissioned photographs by David Bunting, covers WJ Barre’s life and practice, his ecclesiastical, domestic, commercial, civic and memorial work, and includes a full gazetteer for those who wish to explore his buildings with fresh eyes and useful information to hand.



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