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.