J.P. White House Gazebo

Gazebo at the Greek Revival James P. White House, Belfast, Maine.

I passed through Belfast, Maine recently and the late afternoon sun was highlighting the gazebo with its brilliant red ogee, or bell cast, roof. Usually, the spectacular J.P. White House is the most prominent feature on the property, so it was nice to see the wonderful gazebo getting a moment in the sun.

Gazebos, also known as summer houses, tea houses, belvederes, arbors, and garden pavilions, were a common garden feature during the Victorian era but don’t often survive due to their exposure to the elements. This example is likely later than the 1840 house, possibly from the 1870s or ’80s.

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