Hall Houses

Houses containing a large central space as the principal ground floor or upper floor living area; normally restricted to Great Britain where in early examples the halls were usually open to the roof, and in later examples the halls, similar in position and function, had ceilings. For the main residential buildings of farms or large estates, prefer "farmhouses" or "manor houses" when emphasizing the buildings' function.

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hall houses American English
hall house American English
houses, hall American English
hall-houses British English
zaalhuizen Dutch
zaalhuis Dutch
casa medieval inglesa Spanish

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Houses containing a large central space as the principal ground floor or upper floor living area; normally restricted to Great Britain where in early examples the halls were usually open to the roof, and in later examples the halls, similar in position and function, had ceilings. For the main residential buildings of farms or large estates, prefer "farmhouses" or "manor houses" when emphasizing the buildings' function.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300247461. The J. Paul Getty Trust.