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Grotesque on the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Saint Louis, Missouri. Photo by duluoz cats via Flickr (Creative Commons license)

I don’t come across either gargoyles or grotesques on commercial buildings very often in my research, which is why I so greatly appreciate them on the rare occasions that they do come along. You don’t typically think of history and important architecture when someone mentions the word “Budweiser”, but the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and headquarters in Saint Louis, Missouri is a National Register of Historic Places-listed complex that was built in 1875. It has the most adorable chicken-eating, beer-drinking fox grotesque; he is dressed in German folk attire in reference to Anheuser-Busch founder Adolphus Busch’s German origins.

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