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image SM (1) 9/2/3

Reference number

SM (1) 9/2/3

Purpose

Presentation drawing of the proposed south and east façades, 16 November 1814

Aspect

1 Plan with three laid out wall elevations

Scale

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Inscribed

The Bank of England, Elevation of the South Front, Elevation of the East Front, Elevation of the North Front, Threadneedle Street, Bartholomew Lane, Lothbury, Princes Street, (Soane) SW Corner, SE Corner, East front, North front, West front

Signed and dated

November 16 1814

Hand

Soane office and Soane

Notes

In December 1814 Soane urged the Bank to rebuild its façades, citing the dilapidated state of the buildings and the thinness of the walls. He recommended rebuilding the entrance building and replacing the entablature and balustrade of the surrounding (Taylor) walls. Drawing 1 shows the proposed designs for the south and east fronts with Soane's inscriptions probably added as he was presenting the drawing to the Building Committee. The west elevation is not included, possibly having been trimmed from the sheet. Although the elevation is missing, however, a design for the rebuilding (or recladding) is shown in plan, as an extension of the existing Princes Street screen wall built in c. 1805, with a blind portico feature and a blind door that mirrors the existing features on the north end of the wall. The east elevation has a six-columned blind portico between two doorways (one blind) and two narrow projecting features. Drawing 12 shows this same design.

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Drawing

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