Sadly, the first building I hunted down was a historic firehouse that had been torn down. I had better luck finding the other gargoyles, which were all on historic churches.
Usually when you think of a gargoyle, you think of the scary creatures with wings. I did see some of those.
But gargoyles now seem to include any face along the gutters that can serve as water spouts. Including creatures like lions on the sides of buildings.
I googled the gargoyles in Philadelphia, and my front desk friends helped me map out where they were in the city.
Each time I came to a new historic church I was excited to see what kinds of gargoyles I might find.
They were really varied on each location. I never knew what to expect until I got there.
Below is not a gargoyle, but I thought it a wonderful sculpture, so I've included it in my pictures.
I wish that architects would still be so creative and ornate in their buildings. Construction today isn't nearly as interesting.
We could use a lot more faces on the corners of buildings, don't you think?
And giant towers. We need more buildings with mysterious giant towers, don't you think?
Check out the faces on this church! Makes me think of Sophocles.
So this church was by far my favorite. It had traditional gargoyles all over and they were just marvelous.
Seriously. Does it get any better than this? Okay, so maybe if I got to actually go to Notre Dame in Paris that gargoyle could top this one. But as far as U.S. gargoyles go, this one takes the cake?
The ladies at the front desk of my hotel were intrigued by my gargoyle hunting. They said they'd never had anyone do so before. I was surprised more people aren't wanting to go searching for gargoyles.
How can you not love the sparks of imagination these faces create?
This building below is actually from a building on Drexel's campus, so it is the only one that is not from a church.
It was a little off the beaten track, but was close to where my car was getting repaired, so worth the trip.
Aren't the details on this building mind-blowing?
You can see the constant drizzle in my picture below. I dealt with the drizzle all day, but it wasn't so bad. I had good distractions.
What do you like about historic buildings, readers? Do you have a favorite?
Stay tuned - I have another gargoyle post coming up soon!