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The Barrys

The Barrys who feature in Building Passions include three generations of architects and civil engineers starting with the patriarch Sir Charles Barry (architect of the Houses of Parliament). My book describes his travels around Europe and the Middle East and its influence on his subsequentarchitectural career.

Sir Charles' building sons were Sir John Wolfe Barry (the civil engineer of Tower Bridge), Charles Barry (the architect of Dulwich College) and Edward Middleton Barry (the architect of the Royal Opera House and Floral Hall). His other sons Alfred (a cleric and his biographer) and Godfrey (a surveyor) are referred to briefly in the book.

The patriarch's grandsons were Charles Edward Barry (architect), Arthur Barry (civil engineer) and Kenneth Wolfe Barry (civil engineer).