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SM (1) volume 75/60


Design for the top-lighting of adjacent offices, 12 October 1805


1 Section through the Storekeeper rooms


bar scale


as above, (pencil) Ofi(?)c Grad (illegible) and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • Bank October 12 1805


Soane office


In October 1805 Soane presented a design for moving the Storekeepers' rooms. The rooms would be relocated to a more secure area, leaving additional space for the rebuilt Directors' offices. The section in drawing 1 shows the offices as they existed before rebuilding: two Storekeepers' rooms were located between a corridor and the Governor's Room. The section could be looking south at the rooms, showing the varying ceiling heights of the extant offices and (in pencil) a suggestion for the ceiling-heights of the rebuilt offices.



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