noun \ˈpər-gə-lə, pər-ˈgō-\

Definition of PERGOLA

:  arbor, trellis
:  a structure usually consisting of parallel colonnades supporting an open roof of girders and cross rafters

Origin of PERGOLA

Italian, from Latin pergula
First Known Use: 1675

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Garden walk or terrace typically formed by two rows of columns or posts roofed with an open framework of beams and cross rafters over which plants are trained. Its purpose is to provide a foundation on which climbing plants can be viewed and to give shade. Known in ancient Egypt, pergolas were a common feature of early Renaissance gardens in Italy and subsequently throughout Europe. They had a marked revival during the Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain. See also arbor.


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