Seat of local government
By convention, until the mid 19th-century, a single large open chamber (or 'hall') formed an integral part of the building housing the council. The hall may be used for council meetings and other significant events. This large chamber, the "town hall" (and its later variant "city hall") has become synonymous with the whole building, and with the administrative body housed in it. The terms "council chambers", "municipal building" or variants may be used locally in preference to "town hall" if no such large hall is present within the building.
The local government may endeavor to use the town hall building to promote and enhance the
As symbols of local government, city and town halls have distinctive
The term "town hall" may be a general one, often applied without regard to whether the building serves or served a town or a city. This is generally the case in the
English-speakers in some regions use the term "city hall" to designate the council offices of a
Elsewhere in English-speaking countries, other names are occasionally used. In London, the official headquarters of administration of the