Barry Buildings

Restoring an iconic landmark

The College’s Grade II star listed Barry Buildings are an iconic landmark built in 1869 as part of Charles Barry Junior's design for a New College. Barry’s design was unique and exceptional at the time for its eclectic style which he referred to as ‘North Italianate of the Thirteenth Century’. Barry was awarded a gold medal by the Royal Institute of British Architects with the New College in Dulwich cited along with some of his other major works.

External work

The stonework and terracotta of the Centre Block are now in a critical state and are in urgent need of restoration. Immediate work needs to be undertaken to make safe and restore the original terracotta. At the same time its external stonework and two facades of the North Block will be cleaned and refurbished to protect and maintain the fabric of the building. The works are essential and unavoidable as part of the College’s custodial responsibility for the preservation of this important architecture.

Internal work

Dulwich was the first public school to have a dedicated hall for assemblies with all teaching directed towards the classrooms. The 40 classrooms of the Barry Buildings have been neglected for some years and are now tired and in need of restoration. Their original character will be restored whilst updating them with technology as spaces appropriate for teaching in the 21st Century. The project will be phased by department to enable teaching to continue whilst ensuring continuity of works and delivering restored classrooms in a suitable timescale.

How you can help

The total costs of the external works to the Barry Buildings are £3.7 million, with the projected costs of the refurbishment of the classrooms and interior (not including the Wodehouse Library) £7.5 million.

We would be delighted to hear from individuals interested in supporting this project. For further information, please contact Laurie Hindley, Director of Development on +44 (0)20 8299 9285 or email on hindleyla@dulwich.org.uk

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