Gargoyles on the Quad

The University of Washington in Seattle was established in 1861. The gargoyles I zoomed in on are located on buildings in the Liberal Arts Quadrangle, commonly known as the Quad.

While we were admiring the Cherry blossoms and the Magnolia blossoms at the University of Washington I enjoyed zooming in to get a closer look at the gargoyles on the different buildings on the quad. I also took some close ups of the School of Art and Music buildings.

Gargoyles are figures often carved into the architecture of old churches, usually in the form of a grotesque animal or human. Many times gargoyles in Gothic churches were attached to the gutter system of the roof, with the mouth of the gargoyle acting as a spout for rainwater, helping keep the masonry from being destroyed.

The University of Washington is a real treasure for the state and city of Seattle. We have two graduates of the University in our family and one more who will graduate in 2018.

Enjoying lots of cuddle time with our new granddaughter. We had an exciting wind and thunderstorm event today. Haven’t had time to upload new photos but will soon. Saturday we are headed to a junk show. We have some items we are on the lookout for. I’ll let you know how it goes. Tomorrow is Palm Sunday and we enter Holy Week. I’m so glad Jesus came to earth to save us. Have a wonderful weekend.

12 thoughts on “Gargoyles on the Quad

  1. Those are some of the more interesting gargoyles I have seen. The Confederate officer surprised me. A happy time to you with your son and his family.

  2. Those buildings are so cool. I used to live in Seattle and worked and moved all around the U of W, but I never actually walked on this part of the campus! Now I see what I was missing!

  3. Hello Ellen…your pictures from over the last few posts are gorgeous. The magnolia blossoms are so pretty…and I love all of the architecture that is so beautiful there at the University. WVU has some very old and very nice architecture on its campus too…but nothing as outstanding as there in Seattle. The newer buildings that they have errected on campus here hold no compairson to the beautiful old buildings. I think they call it progress…I call it sad.

    And so you made it back over the mountains to see that sweet Addy! I hope that you have a wonderful time with her…and her parents. Hope you find some treasures today as you go to the junk show.

    May you have a blessed Palm Sunday tomorrow…and a precious time with the Lord during Holy Week.

    xx

  4. Hmmm, I spent a summer attending classes at UW and I don’t remember those gargoyles. I must have been very intent on my studies– Summer Institute of Linguistics 🙂
    I wondered if you were ok in the PNW storm. I heard lots about it on facebook.

    • Willow, Here in Eastern Washington there are more roads closed because of water over roadways, road damage (due to undermining from water flow) and power lines were down over a roadway.
      We hope all is well at home. 🙂

  5. Hope you are enjoying all the baby cuddles! Great pictures of the gargoyles too, and interesting history behind them! Yes, we got that storm too, it was wild! Thankfully we didn’t have any damages.

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