Exeter Hall
Exeter Hall was a hall on the north side of The Strand
Strand, London
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, London
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, England
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. It was erected between 1829 and 1831 on the site of Exeter Exchange
Exeter Exchange
The Exeter Exchange was a building on the north side of the Strand in London, with an arcade extending partway across the carriageway...

, to designs by John Peter Gandy
John Peter Gandy
John Peter Gandy , later John Peter Deering, was a British architect.-Family:John was the youngest child of the ten children of Thomas Gandy and his wife, Sophia, née Adams. His older brothers included the painter Joseph Michael Gandy ARA and the architect Michael Gandy...

, the brother of the visionary architect Joseph Michael Gandy
Joseph Michael Gandy
Joseph Michael Gandy was an English artist, visionary architect and architectural theorist, most noted for his imaginative paintings depicting Sir John Soane's architectural designs...

. The site was formerly part of Exeter House, the London residence of the Earls of Exeter (formerly Burghley House and Cecil House), almost opposite the Savoy. The official opening date was March 29, 1831.

The façade in The Strand featured a prominent recessed central extrance behind a screen of paired Corinthian columns
Corinthian order
The Corinthian order is one of the three principal classical orders of ancient Greek and Roman architecture. The other two are the Doric and Ionic. When classical architecture was revived during the Renaissance, two more orders were added to the canon, the Tuscan order and the Composite order...

 set into a reserved Late Georgian front of housing over shopfronts. The smaller hall's auditorium could hold around 1,000 people, and the main hall's auditorium could hold more than 4,000 people. Exeter Hall was used for holding religious and philanthropic meetings, including the Protestant Reformation Society (founded in 1827), and the Protestant Association (revived in 1835).

The meetings of the Anti-Slavery Society
Anti-Slavery Society
The Anti-Slavery Society or A.S.S. was the everyday name of two different British organizations.The first was founded in 1823 and was committed to the abolition of slavery in the British Empire. Its official name was the Society for the Mitigation and Gradual Abolition of Slavery Throughout the...

 were held there and such were the significance of the political meetings that the phrase "Exeter Hall" became a synonym for the Anti-Slavery lobby.

In addition to its primary function as a meeting place, it functioned as the YMCA
The Young Men's Christian Association is a worldwide organization of more than 45 million members from 125 national federations affiliated through the World Alliance of YMCAs...

 headquarters, and as a concert hall for the Sacred Harmonic Society. Hector Berlioz
Hector Berlioz
Hector Berlioz was a French Romantic composer, best known for his compositions Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morts . Berlioz made significant contributions to the modern orchestra with his Treatise on Instrumentation. He specified huge orchestral forces for some of his works; as a...

 first conducted concerts in Exeter Hall in 1852, and he conducted again there in 1855.

Exeter Hall was torn down in 1907. The site where Exeter Hall used to be located is today occupied by the Strand Palace Hotel
Strand Palace Hotel
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A contemporary description

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