Illustrated Architecture Dictionary

bell ve DEER

A small lookout tower (usually square) on the roof of a house;  a rooftop pavilion from which a vista can be enjoyed.

A gazebo.

Etymology: two Italian words, bel, which means "beautiful," and vedere, which means "view." The term has been used in English since the 1570s.

Cupola VS BelvedereCupola is a dome-shaped ornamental structure located on top of a larger roof or dome, while belvedere is a turret or other raised structure offering a pleasant view of the surrounding area.

Commonly found on Italianate, Octagon, Second Empire, Greek Revival styles

Examples from Buffalo architecture:

Other examples:

Photos and their arrangement 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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