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SM (8) volume 72/13 (9) volume 73/5


Preliminary working drawings, April 1803 (2)


8 Ground floor plan showing (pencil) alterations to the rooms south of the Doric Vestibule 9 Ground floor plan showing (Soane) preliminary design for ornamentation of the corridor


(8) bar scale (9) to a scale


8 Princes Street, accountants office, Cheque office, (Soane, pencil) Qy Base & Surbase of / arch and dimensions given (Soane) in pen, red pen and pencil 9 (Soane) Windlass, Qy / 12 feet high, Porter Lodge, Court

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  • (9) April 5: 1803


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Drawings 8 and 9 show the Accountants Office, the Waiting Room Court the Princes Street entrance (Doric Vestibule) and the corridors and offices surrounding. The offices at the east end of the loggia were already built (distinguishedin grey wash in drawing 8) and the designs show an attempt to integrate the existing offices with the new buildings. The loggia is on axis with the recess of the existing Accountants Office, leaving the Discount Office slightly askew to the rectilinear Waiting Room Court. The rooms to the north-east are part of the Deputy Accountant's residence. The Cash Book Office was located to the south of the Accountant's Office but the site is rebuilt as a narrow court beside an office with three windows.

Variant preliminary designs for the Waiting Room Court and the Doric Vestibule are include din drawings 8 and 9. Drawing 8 shows windows between the loggia and the Waiting Room Court and drawing 9 shows piers. In later designs, the separation is achieved by a screen of columns whereas the built loggia incorporated four pairs of coupled antae.

The final design for the Doric Vestibule included two paired columns in both the north and south recesses, and paired columns at the entrance and the east end of the Vestibule. The stair to the east of the Vestibule was, in the final design, moved south of the entrance (thereby mirroring the stair at the north side of the entrance hall).



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