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Grotesque or Gargoyle?

Grotesques were used as decoration on 19th and early 20th century buildings in cities like Washington DC. No longer technically gargoyles, due to the lack of ability to drain water, grotesques on modern structures are still considered by most people to be gargoyles.

Gargoyles are said to scare off and protect from any evil or harmful spirits. Architecture usually designates the distinction between gargoyles as functional waterspouts, and non-waterspout figures as grotesques.

This one has a plaque space for the proprietor to paint a street number, secret symbol, or coat of arms.

Posted by Goliath and Demona (guest) on Wed 03 Mar 2010 07:25:04 PM UTC

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