Evolution of the Gazebo
Garden buildings in history have assumed many guises. Styles include Renaissance, Baroque, Palladian, Chinese, Gothic, Indian, American, etc. They were described as Pavilions, Belvederes, Teahouses, Follies, Pagodas, Rotundas, Bandstands and a host of other names. For ease of reference we use the term summerhouse or gazebo to encompass the range.
In early times these buildings were erected for the purpose of pleasure and were meant to be attractive. Since these buildings were often modest in size and comparatively inexpensive the design could often produce much novelty. Architects were free to explore new ideas on a small scale. Garden buildings of this type were popular in England during the 16th , 17th and 18th centuries and were placed in large parks and private estates. Over time the designs became smaller and were often related to the house.