The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]
Barry and McDowall
Barry and McDowall, Builders and Contractors, Pipitea Street, Wellington. It is well said that men are known by their works, and the application in this sense is highly complimentary to the firm of Barry and McDowall, who, for the past thirty years, have been connected with the erection of many of the leading public and private buildings in Wellington and the surrounding districts. A glance at these but shows the eminence they have attained. The buildings erected by this firm would be a credit to any contracting firm in the world. Had the first building they completed been unsatisfactory, the others would not have been entrusted to them; but as it was, one succeeded and others soon followed, until a list was completed which deserves a notice on the pedestal of Wellington building fame. The Wellington Hospital was the first important building erected by them. It was one of the earliest brick buildings of any note in Wellington. Then followed in quick succession the Taranaki Street School, the Supreme Court buildings, the Post Office, the National Mutual Life Society's offices, the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company's premises, the School of Design, Messrs. Sargood, Sou and Ewen's fine block, and other buildings of less magnitude. The firm also built several bridges throughout the country. It is unnecessary to dilate on the success of those undertakings, as a glance at the names of these institutions and public buildings is sufficient to prove the prominence Messra. Barry and McDowall have attained. The last contract the firm undertook before retiring from business was Mr. Quick's Buildings in Featherston Street.