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a building in which the chapter of the clergy meets. Its plan varies, the simplest being a rectangle. At Worcester, England, the Norman builders created a circular chapter house (c.1100), with vaulting springing from a central pillar. Subsequent examples, adopting this central support for their vaulted roofs but frequently having a polygonal plan, are among the most distinctive achievements of the English Gothic builders. Those at Salisbury, Wells, and Westminster Abbey (1250) are octagonal, while that at Lincoln is decagonal. At York, the octagonal room (c.1300) exhibits a departure in that it dispenses with the central column and is covered with a vaulted wooden roof.

Chapter house

A place for business meetings of a religious or fraternal organization; usually a building that is attached to a hall for gatherings; occasionally contains living quarters for members of such groups.

chapter house

A place for business meetings of a religious or fraternal organization; occasionally also contains living quarters for members of such a group.
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This would allow the chapter houses to have the same computing capacity as the college.
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These benefits will increase dramatically at the end of the year when the network is fully in place and serving all 110 Chapter Houses.
Central government services such as housing, children's health insurance, e-government, job listings and voting will be as close as the nearest chapter House, versus hours away or even unavailable for those with no access to vehicles.
The entire IP network of 660 phones will eventually serve all 110 chapter houses of this 27,000 square mile, three-state nation, much of which is still not served by electricity or paved roads.
Both Niceron, who lived in the Paris "convent," and Emanuel Maignan, another monk who resided for a short time at the Minim chapter house in Rome at Santa Trinita dei Monti before moving to Toulouse, not only wrote about perspective but also produced a number of different types of anamorphic images, some of immense dimensions, which took up entire walls of both the Roman and Parisian chapter houses.
38) But Baltrusaitis's main thesis concerns the relation between members of the Minim Order - Jean Francois Niceron, Emanuel Maignan, and Marin Mersenne - and Descartes, who maintained a close affiliation with the Parisian Minim chapter house near Place Royale by way of his friendship and correspondence with Mersenne.
Chapter houses hosted daily meetings of the monastic community and were typically arranged with seating around the walls (Greene 1992: 7).
If buildings around the cloister were similar in level to the chapter house, as evidence from floors in Trench 2 indicate, there must have been at least two steps up into the church.