Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Just Us ‘Goyles

Vicki at NotSoSAHM is finally posting again after her recent European vacation. And her post of yesterday immediately caught my attention: It’s about gargoyles!

They aren’t just the scary monsters you think they are.

They actually provide a function by covering up one monstrous, albeit necessary, structure feature: drain pipes. Leave it to me to get all excited about a post on drain pipes. (Yes, I’m a nerd like that. Sorry to shatter any illusions you may have had about me.) In my defense, it was a fab post with great photos and a link to a news story with more of the same.

My love of elaborate cornices and other decorative details is well documented. But just in case you missed it, here are some shots – old and new (new being some I haven’t blogged about yet) – of some of my favorite grotesques, all courtesy of downtown St. Louis’ historic architecture. I don't have to go to Europe to find fabulous examples. (Though I'd certainly love to!) In fact, I don't even have to leave my stompin' grounds.

Believe me, this doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. And I love that about this town.


karen said...

I never know that about Gargoyles . I thought they were to scare away birds or demons . :)

Vicki said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! It's going to be my mission now to search these things out around DC. I got a new camera before we went to Europe and I'm enjoying taking better pictures with it. I can't wait to get out there and capture as many of these gargoyles, etc as I can!

NV said...

Karen -- Yes and to scare away water, too!

Vicki -- Continue to make good use of that new camera, girl! Only this will be your "domestic" collection. :-)