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Charles Barry Architecture

19th Century British Architecture Practice, UK Design Studio Information

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Charles Barry Architect – Key Projects

Major Buildings, alphabetical:

Houses of Parliament, Parliament Square, London, SW1, UK
Date built: 1840-68
Architects: Barry + Pugin

Houses of Parliament London Charles Barry Architect
picture © Nick Weall

Key work by architect Charles Barry : Houses of Parliament

Large Victorian Gothic Building

The old Palace of Westminster existed from the time of Edward the Confessor.

The building contains London landmark, Big Ben.

Manchester Royal Institution – now City Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, England, UK
Date built: 1823
Manchester Art Gallery, formerly Manchester City Art Gallery, is a publicly owned art museum on Mosley St. The main gallery premises were built for a learned society in 1823 and today its collection occupies three connected buildings, two of which were designed by this architect.

Both Barry’s buildings are listed. The building that links them was designed by Hopkins Architects following an architectural design competition managed by RIBA Competitions. It opened in 2002 following a major renovation and expansion project undertaken by the art gallery.

Manchester Athenaeum, Mosley Street, Manchester, England, UK
Date built: 1837–39
Now part of Manchester Art Gallery.

Royal College of Surgeons of England – rebuilding, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Westminster, London, England
Date built: 1835–37
He preserved the Ionic portico from the earlier building (1806–13) designed by George Dance the Younger. The building has been further extended (1887–88) and (1937).

Reform Club, Pall Mall, central London, England, UK
Competition win of 1837.

Trentham Hall, Staffordshire, western England, UK
Date built: 1834-40
Transformation of Henry Holland’s Trentham Hall.

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Location: London, south east England, UK

Houses of Parliament Architect Practice Information

Former architect practice based in England

Probably thanks to his fiancée’s friendship with John Soane, Barry was recommended to the Church Building Commissioners, and was able to obtain his first major commissions building churches for them. These were in the Gothic Revival architecture style, including two in Lancashire, St. Matthew, Campfield, Manchester (1822), and All Saints’ Church, Whitefield (or Stand) (1825).

His first major civil commission came when he won a competition to design the new Royal Manchester Institution (1824–35) for the promotion of literature, science and arts. This property is now part of the Manchester Art Gallery. The design is in Greek revival style, the only public building by Barry in that style.

Houses of Parliament
photograph © Nick Weall

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Palace of Westminster building viewed across the River Thames
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Houses of Parliament Restoration and Renewal

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