A little fun today…
Before the invention of gutters on a house or building, there were gargoyles. Gargoyles have been around since the 13th century and some say even earlier. They were used at the top of stone buildings to spout water away from the building’s walls and foundations.
I really like gargoyles. I have a small one that I bought from the Cathedral in Washington, DC years ago. But if the stone creature on the building is not used for spouting water, it is called a grotesque.
While a gargoyle’s face was taken from the image of an ugly human, animal, or mythical or imagined creature, they had a purpose. If they weren’t used to spout the water away, they were thought to ward off evil. After all, a lot of them were on the tops of church buildings.
So, the next time you see an old building, don’t forget to look up. There might be one staring down at you!