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Antonym for balcony
« on: August 07, 2012, 07:24:32 PM »
I've checked my resources and several places on the web for an antonym for balcony. I'm trying to find the word that describes the area below the balcony. This is for an old western saloon where the second story is divided in half, so you can look down on the first floor...mainly the bar and faro table.

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Re: Antonym for balcony
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2012, 07:30:55 PM »
Gallery? Bit like a minstrel's gallery where they played behind railing on an elevated platform/landing affair? :-\

terrace, tier

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_saloon

http://buddiesinthesaddle.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/old-west-saloons.html
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Re: Antonym for balcony
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2012, 07:38:59 PM »
Those words aren't ringing right in my mind (although I don't know what the word is). Gallery makes me think of an art gallery. Terrace, tier, reminds me of the second story. Maybe there isn't a word, although hard to believe. antonym.com could find one though :(

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Re: Antonym for balcony
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Re: Antonym for balcony
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2012, 07:48:07 PM »
Poker Alice's place in Deadwood shows some sort of a platform/dias [scroll down to find the pic and the spiel]

http://buckarooleather.blogspot.co.uk/

I've looked through images -- all I can see that might come close are broad landings that people upstairs might look over to what's going on below. :-[

Maybe describe how the stairs and landing had become an auditorium for a hushed crowd of spectators . . .  ::)
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Re: Antonym for balcony
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2012, 07:54:41 PM »
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http://buckarooleather.blogspot.co.uk/

Yes that is the idea. If you were on the balcony, what would you call the floor area below?

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Re: Antonym for balcony
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2012, 07:56:49 PM »
All I can think of are stage terms and an [orchestra] pit is brought to mind, but it's usually sunken.

Just the ground floor/main bar area? [which had become an arena of tension] :-[

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Re: Antonym for balcony
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2012, 08:02:34 PM »
Yes, I could describe it using descriptive words but was thinking there must be a 'word' for it? The second floor is where the saloon owner and his office is located. He can walk over to the railing of a catwalk and look down on the bar and faro tables, to see what is going on. A concept similar to video cameras in casinos today. So as he looks down I was trying to find a word for what he sees. Looking from his 'balcony' makes sense...but what is below is the puzzle. Minor point but it is driving me crazy that I can't find a word for it. Just compulsive I guess.  ;)

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Re: Antonym for balcony
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2012, 08:04:25 PM »
Time for your character to coin his own word -- make up a suitable name. ;) ;) ;) ;)

It's not like you haven't looked for any existing 'correct' one. ;D

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Re: Antonym for balcony
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2012, 08:08:17 PM »
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Time for your character to coin his own word -- make up a suitable name.

Great, thanks...why didn't I think of that  ;) Western language has all kinds of 'butchered phrases,' so I'm sure I can have the character come up with one. Now I've got to think.  :)

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Re: Antonym for balcony
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2012, 08:10:04 PM »
There you go . . . lots of possibilities to suit his personality and attitude, how much grief it causes him, how treacherous the folk down there can be . . . how much money he makes, the dramas that unfold :D

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Re: Antonym for balcony
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2012, 08:13:52 PM »
I wish I could help. In the old casinos the overview was called, 'The Catwalk' but that doesn't sound like what you're looking for.  ???

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Re: Antonym for balcony
« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2012, 08:14:29 PM »
Actually . . . Sio's first answer is correct. The area below a balcony is called a landing. In most cases, the landing is near or at the base of stairs. But, not always. The area directly below a balcony, especially inside a building is called the landing.

It looks like this, correct?

http://www.electrotours.com/demotours/demo3/pic_4.htm

Yes, its specific name is the landing.

Now, quit drawing me from my editing!

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Re: Antonym for balcony
« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2012, 08:15:15 PM »
Unless I get a flash of brilliance, I think I'm going to use the word 'viper pit' to describe the activity below the balcony. That is where the bar is located, gambling, faro, etc. Not a church setting.  ;)

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Re: Antonym for balcony
« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2012, 08:16:51 PM »
Unless I get a flash of brilliance, I think I'm going to use the word 'viper pit' to describe the activity below the balcony. That is where the bar is located, gambling, faro, etc. Not a church setting.  ;)

That's called a casino pit or pit.  ;)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casino_pit