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Half-Timbered Houses

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HALF-TIMBERED HOUSES, such as were in use during the reign of Elizabeth, and the period immediately preceding. They consisted of wooden framing, filled in with plaster, and had a very picturesque appearance.

HALL, (saxon) a word anciently used for a mansion house or habitation.

HALL, (French, salle) in architecture, a large room at the entrance of a line 'tonsil, palace, or the like.

Vitruvius mentions three sorts of halls : the tetrastyle which has finer columns supporting the platinul or ceiling; the Corinthian, which has columns all round, let into the wall, and is vaulted over ; and the Egyptian. which had a peristyle of insulated Corinthian columns, bearing a second order with a ceiling : these are called ceci. The hall is pro perly the first and finest partition or member of an apart ment; and in houses of ministers of state, public magis trates, &e., is that wherein they dispatch business, and give audience. In very magnificent buildings, where the hall is

larger and loftier than ordinary, and placed in the middle of the house, it is called a saloon.

The length of the hall should be at least twice and a quarter its breadth ; and in. great buildings three times its breadth. As to the height, it may be two-thirds of the breadth; and if made with an arched ceiling, it will be rendered much handsomer, and less subject to accidents from tire. in this ease, its height is found by dividing its breadth into six parts, five of which will be the height from the floor to the under side of the key of the arch.

A royal apartment is said to consist of a hall, or chamber, of innards, cola praloriana ; an ante-chamber, procumera ; a Chamber, camera ; a cabinet, conduce ; and a gallery, porticos.