Maker: Janes, Beebe & Company, New York

Material: Cast and wrought iron

Date: ca. 1853

We believe this large center gazebo was installed soon after the initial construction of Belmont’s gardens and grounds. It is featured in the 1861 estate painting of Belmont and therefore was in place at least by the beginning of the Civil War.


The design is featured as illustration 4 in the 1870 catalogue of Janes, Kirtland, and Company [1]. That company was the successor to Janes, Beebe, & Co., believed to be the original maker of the structure. The catalogue entry shows the gazebo together with a standing cast iron aquarium. Early photographs of Belmont’s gazebo suggest that Adelicia Acklen purchased the aquarium, as well.


Early photographs and descriptions suggest that the gazebo was covered in climbing roses. This was a decorative element and would have added to the cooling effect of the structure.



[1] Ornamental Ironwork: Janes, Kirtland & Co. American Historical Catalog Collection.

The Pyne Press, Princeton. 1971

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Nashville, TN 37212


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Nashville, TN 37212


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The architecture of Belmont Mansion makes it one of the most significant homes of 19th century Tennessee.

Sold by the Acklen family in 1887, the house went to a developer who began one of Nashville’s early suburbs.

It was then purchased by two women who in 1890 started a college which evolved into Belmont University. Today the Belmont Mansion Association, which was formed in 1972, owns the collection, runs the museum, and shares this unique story of 19th century Nashville with visitors from far and near.

Photos by Ed Houk