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image SM (54) volume 73/87

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SM (54) volume 73/87


Working drawing for the masonry of the archivolt, 9 February 1804


54 Section of the archivolt moulding; section of the springing point of the arch; elevation of the springing point


Bank / Vestibule next Princes Street, Stone, Course of Paving Bricks & then course of Cones, Stone, Diam. 3 f: 0 Inch, Iron hoop, Curve, Fret, Radius 10 feet, 2 courses of / Paving bricks / & then Course / of Cones, Iron hoop / finished / Feb: 9: 1804

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  • datable to March 1803




Semicircular arches span all four sides of the square central hall. To the north and south, the arches enclose clerestory windows. A barrel vault extends to the east from the central hall. The arches, as in drawing 54, are constructed of alternating courses of paving bricks and cones, reinforced with an iron hoop.



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