Hall


Hall
The Marwar Hall at Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, India
Hall in religious buildings : prayer hall of the Great Mosque of Kairouan, in Kairouan, Tunisia
A hallway at the Royal York Hotel
Hallway during and after construction in an apartment building in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
An outdoor passageway near the Alamo

In architecture, a hall is fundamentally a relatively large space enclosed by a roof and walls. In the Iron Age, a mead hall was such a simple building and was the residence of a lord and his retainers. Later, rooms were partitioned from it, so that today the hall of a house is the space inside the front door through which the rooms are reached....

This:

  • Deriving from the above, a hall is often the term used to designate a British or Irish country house.
  • In later medieval Europe, the main room of a castle or manor house was the great hall.
  • Where the hall inside the front door of a house is elongated, it may be called a passage, corridor, or hallway.
  • In a medieval building, the hall was where the fire was kept. With time, its functions as dormitory, kitchen, parlour and so on were divided off to separate rooms or, in the case of the kitchen, a separate building.

On the same principle:

  • Many buildings at colleges and universities are formally titled "_______ Hall", typically being named after the person who endowed it, for example, King's Hall, Cambridge. Others, such as Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, commemorate respected people. Between these in age, Nassau Hall at Princeton University began as the single building of the then college. In medieval origin, these were the halls in which the members of the university lived together during term time. In many cases, some aspect of this community remains.
  • At colleges in the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, Hall is the dining hall for students, with High Table at one end for fellows. Typically, at "Formal Hall", gowns are worn for dinner during the evening, whereas for "informal Hall" they are not.
  • Many Livery Companies (e.g., in the City of London) have a Hall that is their headquarters and meeting place.

Similarly:

  • A hall is also a building consisting largely of a principal room, that is rented out for meetings and social affairs. It may be privately or government-owned, such as a function hall owned by one company used for weddings and cotillions (organized and run by the same company on a contractual basis) or a community hall available for rent to anyone.
  • In religious architecture, as in Islamic architecture, the prayer hall is a large room dedicated to the practice of the worship.[1] (example : the prayer hall of the Great Mosque of Kairouan in Tunisia)

Following a line of similar development:

  • In office buildings and larger buildings (theatres, cinemas etc.), the entrance hall is generally known as the foyer (the French for fire-place). The atrium, a name sometimes used in public buildings for the entrance hall, was the central courtyard of a Roman house.
Firehall (London, Ontario) in 1923


References

  1. ^ Stanford Anderson and Colin St. John Wilson, The Oxford companion to architecture, Volume 1, Oxford University Press, 2009, page 477

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  • hall — hall …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • hall — [ ol ] n. m. • 1672, répandu v. 1868; angl. hall; cf. halle ♦ Grande salle servant d entrée, d accès (dans un édifice public, une grande maison particulière). ⇒ entrée, salle, vestibule. Hall d hôtel. Le hall de la gare Saint Lazare, dit salle… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • hall — W2S1 [ho:l US ho:l] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(entrance)¦ 2¦(corridor)¦ 3¦(public building)¦ 4¦(for students)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English; Origin: heall] 1.) ¦(ENTRANCE)¦ the area just inside the door of a house or other building, that leads to other rooms = ↑ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Hall — bezeichnet: Nachhall in der Akustik Hall (Familienname), ein Familienname – dort auch zu Namensträgern Hall ist der Name folgender Orte: Schwäbisch Hall, früher Hall am Kocher, eine Kreisstadt in Baden Württemberg Bad Hall, eine Stadtgemeinde im… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • *hall — ● hall nom masculin (anglais hall, du francique halla, halle) Salle de grandes dimensions, haute de plafond, par où l on accède dans certains édifices publics, dans les gares, dans les hôtels, etc., ainsi que dans les demeures importantes des… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • hall — [ hɔl ] noun count *** 1. ) a long narrow passage inside a building with doors along it leading to rooms a ) the area inside the front door of a house or other building, that leads to other rooms: I wish you wouldn t leave your shoes in the hall …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Hall [1] — Hall, 1) Stadt in Tirol, Bezirksh. Innsbruck, 552 m ü. M., am linken Ufer des von hier an schiffbaren Inn, an der Südbahnlinie Kufstein Innsbruck Ala und an der Dampfstraßenbahn Innsbruck H., Sitz eines Bezirksgerichts und eines Revierbergamts,… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Hall — (h[add]l), n. [OE. halle, hal, AS. heal, heall; akin to D. hal, OS. & OHG. halla, G. halle, Icel. h[ o]ll, and prob. from a root meaning, to hide, conceal, cover. See {Hell}, {Helmet}.] 1. A building or room of considerable size and stateliness,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • HALL (A.) — HALL ADELAIDE (1904 1993) Le jazz ne fut qu’une flamboyante parenthèse dans sa vie. C’est pour avoir un jour de 1927 rencontré un magicien nommé Duke Ellington et enregistré avec lui deux titres qui comptent parmi les premiers coups d’éclat… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • hall — O.E. heall place covered by a roof, spacious roofed residence, temple, law court, from P.Gmc. *khallo to cover, hide (Cf. O.S., O.H.G. halla, Ger. halle, Du. hal, O.N. höll hall; O.E. hell, Goth. halja hell ), from PIE root *kel …   Etymology dictionary

  • hall — Voz inglesa que se emplea con frecuencia en español para designar la pieza o sala a la que se accede al entrar en una casa o un edificio. Se recomienda usar en su lugar los equivalentes españoles vestíbulo, entrada o recibidor (este último solo… …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas


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