Instead of Adam's building, in 1774, Lloyd's took rooms in the Royal Exchange. It was not until the twentieth century that Lloyd's of London - by then a formal insurance market and society of underwriters - commissioned a bespoke building for their offices. In 1925-28 they built at 12 Leadenhall Street to designs by Sir Edward Cooper. An extension building was erected in 1950-58 at 51 Lime Street to designs by Terence Heysham, and more recently both of these buildings have been replaced. Cooper's 1920s building was demolished in 1986, and replaced to designs by Lord Richard Rogers, and Heysham's 1950s building was demolished in 2004, and replaced by the Willis Building to designs by Lord Norman Foster.
Lloyd's of London seem to have been aware of their connection with Robert Adam, however, as in 1955, when Bowood House in Wiltshire was demolished - save Adam-s Diocletian wing - they purchased the interior of Adam's 1763 great room (SM Adam volume 39/68). Unfortunately, the de-installation did not include the original decorative painted panels, the ceiling or the furniture, and only one of the two chimneypieces, but what was removed was first installed in the board room of Heysham's building on Lime Street, and then in the committee room of Rogers' building on Leadenhall Street. It was resized to fit in each instance.
A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 41; The Lloyd's log, ‘An Adam room’, 1955, pp. 10, 14; D. Stillman, The decorative work of Robert Adam, 1966, p. 73; B. Weinreb, and C. Hibbert, The London Encyclopaedia, 1983, p. 478; D. King, The complete works of Robert & James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume II, pp. 57, 174-175
Frances Sands, 2013
Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.
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Contents of Lloyd's Coffee House, probably Freeman's Court, London: unexecuted designs for the building, 1772 (7)
- Alternative preliminary designs for the building, c1772, unexecuted (2)
- Finished drawings for the building, c1772, unexecuted (1)
- Finished drawings for the building and interior decoration, c1772 (3)
- Finished drawing for a ceiling for Lloyds Coffee House, 1772, unexecuted (1)