The origin of the
word gazebo is unknown. Originally known as arbors,
grottos, pergolas, screen houses and summer houses,
they’ve been popular in a wide range of societies
for centuries. In short, gazebos have been around in
one form or another from the early days of mankind.
originated as lanterns and towers that were
constructed on the roofs of houses. They were
designed to give a bird’s-eye view of surrounding
lands. Centuries later, they were built as separate
structures and most often placed in gardens.
years ago Egyptian royalty built gazebos in palace
gardens. It was thought that both the gardens and
the gazebos were paradise on earth and that they
would pass-over to heaven when the owner died. The
popularity of the gazebos eventually passed on to
the common people and almost every garden had one.
Gazebos were also popular in ancient Rome and
remains of them have even been found at Pompeii.
Gazebos in China
and Japan were more elaborate than in other
countries. The Japanese call them teahouses and they
were used in the tea ceremonies of that country.
Gazebos became very popular during the Renaissance
period and were found in the gardens of monasteries.
Monks used the gazebos as a place of meditation and
Four gazebos were
constructed at the Louvre during the 14th
century and these influenced the English to include
the beautifully designed structures in their gardens
during the 15th century.
popular in the US until the mid-19th
century. With the turn of the 20th
century their popularity fell, but made a strong
come-back during the 1930s when they became status
symbols of the rich and famous.
During the 1940s,
the popularity of gazebos fell once again when they
took a backseat to the new, fashionable patio. For
forty years very few gazebos were constructed in
yards and gardens. However, with the 1980s, they
became more popular than ever before. Today, many
homeowners construct gazebos in their gardens as a
quiet place to retreat away from telephones,
computers and other electronic devices. The gazebo
is a getaway right in your own backyard.