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SM (12) volume 75/34


Design, as built, for two of the waiting rooms


12 Plan with laid out wall elevations


bar scale


Plan and Sections of one of the Waiting Rooms, The Bank of England


Soane office and Soane


Drawing 12 shows the built design of the two waiting rooms that are positioned near the Court Room. The room is essentially a square with shallow barrel-vaulted end bays. The end bays have apsidal ends and are ornamented with semicircular-headed panels. The centre of the room, measuring 11 by 11 feet, has a four-armed starfish ceiling around an oculus. The semicircular lunette on the north wall is an external window.



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