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SM Adam volume 36/8


[3] Design for the first storey, 1787, unexecuted


Plan of the first storey of a three-bay building, with the front rooms forming the great card room, with a central circular colonnaded space with a bow window and niches, flanked by rectangular colonnaded rooms, also with niches. The windows of the principal front are set behind columned screens with balconies beyond, and the central balcony extends over the portico below. To the rear of the circular room, colonnaded screens lead into an apsidal lobby, which links to ovoid compartments containing a closet for cards and the back stairs. Beyond the lobby, there is the great staircase, set within the rear bow front. This is flanked by an apsidal-ended eating room, and an octagonal ante-chamber. To the rear of the building there are two wings, with the left-hand wing containing a circular room for Hazard, with an oriel window and a staircase beyond. The right-hand wing contains the great eating room, which is set with columned screens, and has a side bow window. To the rear of this there is a further staircase


bar scale of 1 3/4 inches to 10 feet


Whites Chocolate House- (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) / Plan of the One pair Story / A / E / Balcony / Balcony over Portico / Balcony / D / Great Card Room / C / Closet for Cards / Lobby / Eating room / Great Staircase / Anti Chamber / Hazard room / Great Eating room / B / F and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1787
    Robt Adam Architect 1787.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (462 x 610)


Robert Adam


no 8 / no 8




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 50
Sheppard, 1960, pp. 457-58
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 57, pl. 56
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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