Monday, July 30, 2018

Roanoke Gargoyles

When visiting other cities, I always like to track down gargoyles on older buildings.  But Roanoke has a couple of gargoyles, too, standing on either side of the street.  Some people would call these grotesques, because they aren't on a building a do not have spouts.  But most of the folks around Roanoke speak of them as the gargoyles.
 They are kind of off the beaten track.  You really have to want to see these gargoyles to find them. 
I suppose they were meant to keep evil out of the neighborhoods.  A lady that lives nearby tends to them if they get any damage.  I'm glad they are still standing - they have so much character. 

10 comments:

Tom said...

...we need more Gargoyles these days!

Mary said...

How strange to come upon these - and what does RUGBY signify? Perhaps they mark a neighborhood?

See you're out and about Lisa, making the most of summer I'm sure. Awoke to rain this morning here and at last the grass is beginning to look a little greener - it's been a strange summer weatherwise here.

Enjoy this week with the boys.
Mary -

Ginny Hartzler said...

These are really unusual, and I am very glad you found them! I have never seen a gargoyle standing alone! It says Rugby, so I at first thought they are a rugby team's macabre mascot. Are they in a park, or do they just stand somewhere out in the open? I guess they are near this lady's house. The last one is the stuff of nightmares!

Betsy Adams said...

Very interesting... I'm not sure I have ever seen any ---but maybe I have and didn't realize what they were or what their purpose was... I have read about them --and think I remember that they usually have something to do with gutters or rain spouts.....Maybe they do keep evil out of areas/neighborhoods... I might need to do more research... Thanks for sharing.

Hugs,
Betsy

Sally said...

Oh, these are great, Lisa! Thanks for sharing with us.

xoxo

Ann W said...

Wow Lisa! Those are really cool! Wonder what the history is behind them!? Were they really used to keep out evil? Thanks for sharing!

Lin said...

Have you been to the National Cathedral in Washington DC?? Talk about gargoyles! many fun ones on the cathedral.

Harry Flashman said...

I have a gargoyle sitting on a stone pillar at the foot of the mountain. He's by the gate, and his job is to ward off evil. So far he's got a pretty fair success rate.

Endah Murniyati said...

interesting!

Michelle said...

I love seeing these. Thanks for posting them.