The need for new committee rooms for the Commons was already felt in 1820 - the Surveyor-General, Benjamin Stephenson, proposed using rooms in John Henry Ley's former house on 6 November. The following designs are attributed to Adam Lee (c.1772-1843), Labourer in Trust to the Houses of Parliament and Westminster (1806-32). The proposal is for a three-storey building in between the House of Commons and the Painted Chamber with ground-floor offices, a first-floor library facing towards the River Thames and committee rooms on the two pair floor, built around a quadrangle. A select committee on committee rooms was set up in 1824 and designs were subsequently supplied by Soane (q.v. London: House of Commons, Palace of Westminster: designs and executed design for library and committee rooms, 1825-1830).
Catalogued here are a survey drawing and three designs by Lee, and copies made by the Soane Office.
Tom Drysdale, November 2014
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it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance
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and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and
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