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SM Adam volume 36/7


[2] Design for the ground storey, 1787, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey of a three-bay building, with a stepped, colonnaded, central entrance. The front of the building contains three rectangular rooms, which form a hall, flanked by a chocolate room and office. Beyond the hall there is a central passage flanked by niches, which leads to the great staircase, set within the rear bow front. Opposite the staircase, the apsidal lobby leads into oval compartments containing a bar and the back stairs. Flanking the lobby there is an apsidal-ended billiard room, and an octagonal ante-room. To the rear of the building there is a courtyard, flanked by wings. The right-hand wing is accessed through the octagonal ante-room, and contains a waiting room, parlour with a bow window, and a strong room. Beyond this a passageway leads to the opposite wing, and to the rear there are additional staircases, a further parlour, and a laundry


bar scale of 1 3/4 inches to 10 feet


Plan of the Parlor Story / Whites Chocolate House Parlor Story (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) / A / D / Chocolate Room / Hall / Office / C / Bar / Back stairs / Strong room / Billiards Room / Great Staircase & Lobby / Anti room / Writing room / Parlor / Strong room / B / Parlor / Laundry and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1787
    Robt Adam Architect 1787.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (464 x 610)


Robert Adam


(cropped) o 7 / no 7




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 50
Sheppard, 1960, pp. 457-58
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 57, pl. 55
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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