Besoldsches House (Hauptstrasse, no. 26)

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A look back from Hauptstrasse no. 26 towards Huguenot Square gives a clear idea of the design principles behind the New Town and the aesthetic effect they create. At the western end of the row of three-storey terraced houses is a building known as a Richthaus, or courthouse. This extends about half a metre further forward than the rest of the block. The first floor (or so-called piano nobile) is markedly higher than in the neighbouring houses. The courthouse features a six-bay façade facing both the Hauptstrasse and the square. The two middle windows in turn form part of a flat risalit, a projection that rises to the roof where it becomes a two-windowed dormer.

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