William J. Barre (1830 - 1867):
William Barre was born in Newry, County Down and as an architect practised in Newry and Belfast. He designed many major public buildings in Belfast, including the Ulster Hall, which opened in 1862; the Albert Memorial, a clock tower in central Belfast known to that city's denizens as the Albert Clock and also as "Belfast's leaning tower" (it really does lean, some three feet from the vertical, whereas by comparison Pisa's famous structure leans some 16 feet); the Methodist Church on (what is now) University Road; Bryson House, Shaftesbury Square Ophthalmic Hospital; and Clanwilliam House. He also directed the renovation of the ceiling of St George's Church. He also designed the memorial to Francis Crozier, the Arctic explorer from Banbridge, County Down. Barre died age just 37, of tuberculosis.
Additional research: Richard Froggatt