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SM Adam volume 31/8


[4] Design for the ground storey of the south building, 1784, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey of an L-shaped building. The principal wing is twelve-by-three bays, with the central five bays of the principal front projecting. There is a stepped entrance leading to an apsidal-ended vestibule, with niches. Beyond the vestibule there is a circular hall, which forms a bow front to the rear. The hall is flanked by apsidal-ended staircases, with the left-hand staircase connecting to a central passage surrounded by sitting rooms and bedrooms. The right-hand staircase is flanked by an ante room and passage linking to the vestibule. Beyond, there is a further L-shaped passage surrounded by domestic offices. The minor wing is seven-by-one bays and is separated from the principal wing. There is a central, stepped, colonnaded entrance in the right-hand front, which leads to a rectangular hall. The hall links to staircases and a study. To the rear of the wing there are domestic offices. To the rear of the building there is a yard with a privy for scholars, a yard and a privy for the principal hall, and kitchen courtyards


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Parlor Story of the Building for the South side of Kings College Cambridge / Back yard for the Scholars / Sitting room / Closet / Sitting room / Bedroom / Bedroom / Sitting room / Passage / Passage / Staircase / Closet / Sitting room / Lecture room / Passage / Sitting room / Bedroom / Back garden to the Hall / Hall / Anti room from the Hall to the Buttery etc / Staircase / Vestibule / Passage / Bedroom / Kitchen Court to the Provasts Lodge / Kitchen Court to the Hall / Butlers(?) office for Bread & Cheese / Butler room for Beer / Passage / Sitting room / Passage / Staircase / Butlers room & Pantry / Parlor / Study / Hall / Staircase / Water Closet / Storeroom / Housekeepers room / Closet / Bedroom / Provasts Lodge (sic) / No. 12 (pencil) / Note - Basement Plan 9 sheets further on (modern curatorial hand, pencil) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1784
    Robt Adam Arch.t 1784.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (602 x 461)


Robert Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, pp. 173-79; Index, p. 6
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 53
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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