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My visit to Lyndhurst, an American castle

This past weekend, I finally got the opportunity to visit someplace I've wanted to see for a long time - Lyndhurst mansion! Lyndhurst is an huge house in Tarrytown, New York. It was first built in the 1838 and enlarged in 1864. Three families lived in the house between its completion and 1961 - those of politician William Paulding, businessman George Merritt, and Gilded… Continue reading My visit to Lyndhurst, an American castle

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A Beginner’s Field Guide to Gargoyles, Part Four: What do they look like?

Welcome back to A Beginner's Field Guide to Gargoyles. Here, you'll find everything you've ever wanted to know about gargoyles and grotesques. To recap, part one  defined gargoyles and grotesques, part two talked about where gargoyles originated, and part three explained where to look for them. To be a successful gargoyle hunter, however, you need one… Continue reading A Beginner’s Field Guide to Gargoyles, Part Four: What do they look like?

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Kip’s Castle – My Visit to a New Jersey Mansion

I recently took some time to visit a local landmark - Kip’s Castle in Verona, New Jersey. The former home of textile industrialist Frederic Ellsworth Kip and his family, Kip's Castle is a sprawling stone mansion at the very top of a hill. It was built between 1902 and 1905 in what's termed the Norman Revival style.   The fortress-like castle has… Continue reading Kip’s Castle – My Visit to a New Jersey Mansion

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Gargoyle of the Day: Turnblad Mansion, Minneapolis, USA

I belong to a wonderful group on Facebook called Mansions of the Gilded Age. Last month, I asked some of my fellow group members whether they knew of any gargoyles on Gilded Age homes. They came back with quite a few great examples, including the Turnblad Mansion in Minneapolis. Commissioned by Swedish-born newspaper publisher Swan Turnblad… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: Turnblad Mansion, Minneapolis, USA

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Gargoyle of the Day: Pohjola Building, Helsinki, Finland

The 1901 Pohjola building in Helsinki, Finland is decorated with many grotesques representing figures from Finland's mythology. The word "Pohjola" itself refers to a place in the myth Kalevala,which is Finland's national epic, and the people and animals on the building are presumably from that epic. Pohjola may also refer to the name of the insurance company… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: Pohjola Building, Helsinki, Finland

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Gargoyle of the Day: Chartres Cathedral, France

This grotesque is on the west portal of Chartres Cathedral - among the grandest and most famous of all French Gothic churches. While its close cousin in Paris is famous for its gargoyles, Chartres is celebrated for its beautiful stained glass and profuse sculptural decoration. Much of this sculptural work is clustered around its nine arched doors (portals);… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: Chartres Cathedral, France

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Gargoyle of the Day: Bethlehem Chapel, Saint-Jean-de-Boiseau, France

The Bethlehem Chapel is a little medieval French church that was restored in a very unusual manner. In the 1990s, a movement began to repair the decaying chapel, which had once played host to a series of now-lost grotesques on the building's four pinnacles. The architect and stone carver, supported by the town's youth, decided to… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: Bethlehem Chapel, Saint-Jean-de-Boiseau, France

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Gargoyle of the Day: Hughes High School, Cincinnati

Continuing with last week's theme of academic gargoyles and grotesques, let's take a look at the grotesques of Hughes High School  in Cincinnati. This grand building is home to over 90 grotesques representing a wide variety of subjects and skills relating to science, mechanics, fine arts, humanities, and liberal arts (1). Pictured above is the grotesque of athletics in the… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: Hughes High School, Cincinnati