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image SM (2) 9/4/29

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SM (2) 9/4/29


Design for the Library, Consols Transfer Office and adjoining passages east of Lothbury Court, probably October 1797


2 Plan of the proposed offices in light red wash and the existing screen wall in black wash, showing iron tie rods in the library


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The Bank of England, Design for Offices at the North East Angle, Lothbury, Entrance form Lothbury


Soane office


Drawing 2 shows a preliminary design for the library. The building is much smaller than the executed version, with semicircular ends. It is situated perpendicular to Bartholomew Lane. The drawing shows the iron tie rods used in Soane's construction of curved walls.

Drawing 2 is a part-plan of the north-east extension, showing rooms adjacent to the library. The Consols Transfer Office is shown with four L-shaped piers dividing the hall into central vaulted space and vaulted arms. The east side of Lothbury Court consists of twin columns between two doors. The plan also shows a preliminary design for the Interior Office, consisting of an irregular trapezoidal room.



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