Balcony

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Balcony

Before the addition of the art galleries, this was where Annie and Merton displayed their paintings, frequently changing them to highlight their latest purchases. The glass dome above the staircase depicts a wonderful extravaganza of the night sky, with bats, owls, stars and comets. This contrasts to the skylight and the fountain in the Main Hall, which both depict the daily transition of the sun, from sunrise to dusk.  The original skylight over the Main Hall was replaced in 1949 after a wartime German air-raid and is loosely based on the original design. The balcony is separated from the stairs by a triple arch which provides an uninterrupted walk above the main hall, all of which are features influenced by Scottish architecture.

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