You either love them or hate them, those creepy, fanged creatures jutting off roof lines of historic buildings or lurking in gardens. Gargoyles have roots in medieval times, originating as rain spouts. Over time they ebbed and flowed in popularity making a notable comeback during the Gothic Revival period. Also referred to as Grotesques, gargoyles have morphed from water spouts to mythical looking creatures thought to ward off evil spirits. They can take the shape of dragons, animals, or people. While some look like the things of which nightmares are made, others are adorable and comical in appearance. Regardless of the style, gargoyles add a bit of whimsy to any Victorian setting.
Herb, the garden gargoyle.
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Hungry gargoyle on roof line of Biltmore Estate