A pergola is a structural frame composed of articles and crossbeams that produce an open roof.

The Collins Group/JDP Design

This pergola has a brick foundation for those articles and supports a bench swing.

Brennan + Company Architects

Tapered columns hold the rafters of the entryway pergola.

Cross River Design, Inc..

Pergolas can be connected to the house to form a semi-covered patio.

The Great Canadian Landscaping Company Ltd..

This contemporary pergola generates an outdoor space.

Period Homes, Inc..

Pergolas do not always need a flat roof, only an open roof to let the lighting in.

Frederick + Frederick Architects

Occasionally confused with a pergola, this can be an arbor, which can be more like a passageway with trellises on the sides to let vines weave in and out.

Huettl Landscape Architecture

A metal frame works well, also, including in this contemporary spin on a pergola.

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