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Designs for offices, 23 February 1789


Drawing 15 is a presentation drawing dated February 1789. This design was apparently not the finalised version, however, as another office designs was shown to Hamilton in September 1789 (Ledger E).

Drawing 15 shows a wing attached to an existing building. The proposed design has a laundry, wash house and brew house on the ground floor. A quarter-turn staircase suggests that there is another floor overhead.

Each of the rooms is purpose-built, the laundry room having a folding table on one end, a large fixed ironing board spanning one wall and overlooked by two windows, a mangle in the centre of the room and a large hearth on one end beside a heater and stone. The washhouse has two coppers in the corner, six washing tubs on one wall overlooked by two windows, and a dresser measuring 9 feet wide. The brew house is provided with platforms on two levels, this first level having a mashing tub.



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