Free-standing structures for seating or dining from Buffalo and beyond. That’s how we’ll define pergolas and gazebos for this exercise. Free-standing’s important. Attached to a house doesn’t count–that’s a porch or covered patio.
They’re rustic, classic, naturalistic (the one made with live trees!), a geodesic dome, tikki bar, modern, contemplative, and one built to feel like a pub.
They’re built for dining, more than a couple are for wine-ing, some for weddings, most are for dining, swinging, built as art projects, and many are specific for much-needed shade (especially those Austin, TX ones!). All are for relaxing.
You’ll find metal, lumber, marine-grade plywood, and live trees. Most serve their purpose by having vines crawl over them. Others are gussied up with paint, curtains, lighting, outdoor kitchens, hanging baskets, benches, flags, and chandeliers.
The lead image is of a common area of three little cottages on Summer Street in Buffalo’s Cottage District. Here are others I’ve collected over the years…