Gargoyle of the Day

Gargoyle of the Day: Chhatrapati Shivaji (Victoria) Terminus, Mumbai, India

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is a railway station in Mumbai, India. Formerly called the Victoria Terminus, it was designed by Frederick William Stevens and constructed between 1878 and 1888, during British colonial rule of India.(1) The building is Victorian Gothic in style but also clearly reflects some characteristics of native Indian architectural traditions. According to UNESCO's website… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: Chhatrapati Shivaji (Victoria) Terminus, Mumbai, India

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Gargoyle of the Day: Casa della Vittoria, Turin, Italy

This dragon grotesque and his twin live on the Casa della Vittoria in Turin, Italy. The building is also sometimes called Casa dei Draghi, presumably because of decorations like this one. ("Drago" is the Italian work for "dragon".) I'm having trouble finding out more about the building, on account of the fact that my Italian is currently a bit rusty,… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: Casa della Vittoria, Turin, Italy

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Gargoyle of the Day: University of Chicago

I've talked about the University of Chicago's gargoyles before, in a post about collegiate gargoyles. However, I really had no idea at the time how prominent a role these gargoyles play in the school's culture. Not only is the university's IT system nicknamed "gargoyle", but the University of Chicago gargoyle also has his own blog, and the… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: University of Chicago

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Gargoyle of the Day: Eastern State Penitentiary, Pennsylvania

I probably should have saved this one for closer to Halloween, but I just couldn't wait because it's almost too good to be true. This very threatening-looking, shackled gargoyle can be found on the exterior of the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I'm not sure if the gargoyle is functional or not, but it… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: Eastern State Penitentiary, Pennsylvania

Gargoyles

Gargoyles Go to College

I read about the University of Chicago's Hull Gate grotesques in Darlene Trew Crist's American Gargoyles: Spirits in Stone. A Collegiate Gothic stone arch on the University of Chicago's campus, Hull Gate is decorated with symbols of a student's journey through college. There are grotesques to represent each of the four undergraduate class years, as… Continue reading Gargoyles Go to College

Architecture · Gargoyles

Darth Vader Grotesques, Books, and A Medieval Revival Library

I had lots of fun with the non-traditional gargoyles yesterday, and I hope you did, too. For today's offering, please accept this link to more photos of gargoyles from around the world. I particularly enjoyed the Washington National Cathedral ones, so I visited its website and found some great information, including facts about gargoyles and… Continue reading Darth Vader Grotesques, Books, and A Medieval Revival Library

American Art

A sneak peek of my new project

My Gothic Revival furniture project is coming along really well. I have a sloppy but complete first draft and am currently editing. In the meantime, I wanted to show you one of the pieces I will be talking about in my discussion. Seriously, how cool is this chair? It is difficult to look at it… Continue reading A sneak peek of my new project