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The Gargoyle Appreciation Society

One of the most rewarding aspect of writing this blog has definitely been realizing how many other people share my fascination with gargoyles and grotesques! It has been so wonderful and surprising to hear friends and readers tell me they enjoy my gargoyle posts and miss them when I take a break from them. It… Continue reading The Gargoyle Appreciation Society

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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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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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Happy New Year! A few updates.

   Hi everybody! Happy New Year! I hope everybody had a nice holiday season. While I'm a little sad that the holidays are over, I'm also looking forward to getting back to all the exciting stuff I have planned for 2017. While I'm working on that, here are a few things I may have missed telling you guys… Continue reading Happy New Year! A few updates.

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Gargoyle of the Day: City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

According to the photographer's caption on flickr, this grotesque can be found at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri. Not being familiar with that particular institution but assuming it was an art museum, I searched online to figure out if this carving is a feature of the building or part of its collection. Instead, I… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

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Gargoyle of the Day: Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Saint Louis, Missouri

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… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Saint Louis, Missouri

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December 23rd: Christkindlmarkt Am Hof by Carl Wenzel Zajicek

As I've told my readers before, I'm a little bit obsessed with Vienna and really hope to visit it one day. When I first started this blog, I researched and wrote an extensive article about Viennese balls. Another tradition I'm fascinated by is the Christkindlmarkt, or Christmas Market, which dates back to the Middle Ages. For… Continue reading December 23rd: Christkindlmarkt Am Hof by Carl Wenzel Zajicek

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Gargoyle of the Day: Tullgarns Slott (Palace), Södermanland, Sweden

Tullgarns Slott (Tullgarn Palace, in English) is an elegant summer palace of Swedish monarchy, built in the 1720s. Tullgarn is a mixture of several architectural styles and has beautiful wrought iron work, including these unusual-yet-functional gargoyles. The cream and peace Neo-Classical palace exterior (image below) hardly looks like someplace where one might find gargoyles, but here they are! I love… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: Tullgarns Slott (Palace), Södermanland, Sweden