Illustrated Architecture Dictionary
bell ve DEER
A small, roofed structure (usually square) on the top of a house designed to command a view
Especially in Europe: An open-sided roofed terrace, usually at the top of a building, with a commanding or interesting view of a town square, formal garden, or landscape; it often assumes the form of a loggia, or open gallery.
Etymology: two Italian words, bel, which means "beautiful," and vedere, which means "view." The term has been used in English since the 1570s.
An important feature on some Italianate buildings
Cupola: a dome-shaped ornamental structure located on top of a larger roof or dome
Gazebo: a structure, as an open or latticework pavilion or summerhouse, built on a site that provides an attractive view; a small roofed structure that is screened on all sides, used for outdoor entertaining and dining.
Examples from Buffalo architecture:
- Illustration above: Photo - 1375 Delaware Ave.
- Joseph Church House, 54 Irving Place
- John G. Brendel Building HAMBURG
- Rich-Twinn Octagon House AKRON
- Hoag Lumber Co./Bernhardt Funeral Home AKRON
- Photo - 841 Delaware Avenue
- Photo - 581 Delaware:
- Photo - 433 Franklin Street
- Photo - 487 Franklin Street
- Photo - 547 Franklin Street