Look at the history of gazebos and you’ll find these structures in all shapes and sizes. Marble, cast iron, wood, and steel are examples of materials used to construct gazebos throughout the centuries. Some gazebos have a plain design but provide dependable shelter for a variety of outdoor gatherings. Other gazebos are strictly decorative, featuring a design with lots of intricate details that can’t help but earn a person’s admiration. Check out six historic or famous gazebos and get a taste of the imaginative designs of these outdoor structures through the centuries.
Six Historical Gazebos
- The Gazebo in The Sound of Music Movie: This gazebo, seen in the 1965 film The Sound of Music, is now in the palace park gardens at Schloss Hellbrunn in Salzburg, Austria. The white exterior of this gazebo along with its glass walls and circular arrangement of benches served to make it a romantic setting for a famous scene featuring Rolfe and Liesl. However, the famous dance scene had to be done in a replica gazebo on a sound stage in California: The real gazebo was too small for the elaborate dance number. I can’t think of a better setting for that dance scene: Can you?
- A Gazebo of Cast Iron. A 19th century gazebo sits next to the Bay of Naples in Italy. It is made of glass and cast iron. In addition, near the ceiling of the structure, there are flowers and other shapes designed in stained glass.
- A Pre-Civil War Gazebo. This gazebo was built in the pre-Civil War days for the practical purpose of sheltering a natural spring. It is located in Mineral Spring Park in Williamston, South Carolina. This gazebo sits across the street from the original site of Williamston Girls College, founded in 1872. It has a traditional design with the exception of an opening in its floor for the mineral spring. Students of the college enjoyed picnicking and socializing in the cool shade of this 23-foot-tall structure.
- The Seville Gazebo. This wooden gazebo is located in historic Seville Square in Pensacola, Florida. Spanish explorers settled in this area in about 1559. The area is on the National Register of Historic Places thanks to the efforts of a group of preservationists in the 1960s. Today, visitors enjoy picnicking and hosting celebrations in this historic gazebo.
- An Italian-Style Gazebo. This gazebo stands in the Italian Garden area within Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua, New York. It has a unique roof that features grapevine-style designs fashioned in cast iron. The Italian Garden was established in 1903. This gazebo is one of the most memorable structures in Sonnenberg Gardens.
- A Classic Roman Gazebo. Centuries ago, Romans relaxed in their gazebos just as people do today. The basic design includes a tremendous dome roof and thick pillars made of marble. They were built in private gardens and considered symbols of a family’s wealth. Beautiful flowers were grown all around these beautiful gazebos in celebration of life.
I hope you enjoyed our tour of historic gazebos! – Alan