As soon as a guest walked through
the front doors of the house they stepped into the atrium.The atriums were
huge, sometimes being forty by fifty feet and twenty-eight feet high.The
atrium was usually used to show off the owner's wealth.The family's treasure
chest was sometimes displayed in the atrium along with very expensive murals.
Rain water would come in through the roof of the atrium and was stored
under the house for their water supply.