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SM Adam volume 43/83


[1] Design for the house and offices, 1776, unexecuted


Plan of the half-sunk basement of a house and offices with the sunken area marked, showing the proposed drain system, including the sections of a storm drainage and a sewer at the bottom right, and with a rectangular five-by-five-bay central block, with the central three bays forming a bow on the garden (north) front. The central block contains a longitudinal passage leading to a large elliptical room at the centre of the north front, flanked by two rectangular rooms, and to five rectangular rooms on the south front, with a central projecting rectangular cellar beneath the main entrance. The central block is flanked by three-bay links; one-by-three-bay pavilions with laundry to the west and kitchen to the east; and terminating in large office courts with projecting bows on the north and south fronts, and entrances for carriages at the sides


bar scale of 1 1/10 inches to 10 feet


Half Sunk Story (underwritten in pencil) / Plan of the Ground Story of House & Offices / for Alexander Spiers Esqr near Glasgow (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / P[-----]ed [-------] in case / [---] [---] [---] [---] / Kennedy to call my House / with [---] [---] [---] / Plan of drains / A Section wanted & / one end of the House Area / Stewards room or Charter room (underwritten in pencil) / Servants Hall (underwritten in pencil) / Housekeepers room (underwritten in pencil) / Vault / Strong room (underwritten in pencil) / Strong room(underwritten in pencil) / Vault / Laundry (underwritten in pencil) / Wash House (underwritten in pencil) / Coals (underwritten in pencil) / Privy (underwritten in pencil) / Butlers room(underwritten in pencil) / Butlers pantry (underwritten in pencil) / Wine in casks (underwritten in pencil) / Wine in bottles (underwritten in pencil) / Still room (underwritten in pencil) / Privy / Coals / Kitchen (underwritten in pencil) / Scullery (underwritten in pencil) / Cistern for Water(underwritten in pencil) / Cellar / Cistern for Water (underwritten in pencil) / Ashes / Wood(underwritten in pencil) / Coals / A / Ashes / Wood / Coals / Privy / Bottle rack (underwritten in pencil) / Feeding fowls (underwritten in pencil) / Feeding chicken (underwritten in pencil) / B. and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • December 1776
    Adelphi / Decr. 16t. 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen, red pen and pencil on laid paper (513 x 908)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Adam, addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam






Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 20
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 395
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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