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 building, or part of a building, offering a pleasant view of the surrounding area.
- A small building in a garden for sitting in, often built in a high place to give a beautiful view;
- A summerhouse or open-sided gallery, usually at rooftop level, commanding a fine view.
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 Belvedere: Cupola 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:
- Illustration above: Photo - 1375 Delaware Ave.
- Photo - 433 Franklin Street
- Photo - 487 Franklin Street
- 547 Franklin Street
- Photo - 841 Delaware Avenue
- John G. Brendel Building
- Octagon House