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SM 36/1/5


[32] Design for the Stone Building


Plan of the old Palace of Westminster, the Stone Building and the new Court of Requests


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 10 feet


labelled: (pencil) N[orth], Westminster Hall, East, No 27 and some dimensions given; (verso, Soane's hand) Copies of designs / for the House of / Lords made / by Mr Kent &c

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash, pricked for transfer on laid paper (335 x 558)


Soane Office


This design shows the ground floor of the Court of Requests and the piano nobile of the Stone Building, the new block that was built to house the records of the Court of King's Bench. The space beneath the Court of Requests is vaulted and has 11 openings. It is linked to the House of Lords by a new corridor. The Stone Building is parallel to Westminster Hall. The new building is built around the existing structures; the octagonal Court of Commons Pleas and an adjoining ante room are retained. The west wall of this ante-room becomes part of the main facade of the new building. Likewise the wall adjoining the north front of Westminster Hall - part of the Court of Exchequer - is incorporated into the new structure.



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