University of Washington Gargoyles

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. The Quad is also where multitudes come to see the cherry blossoms in Spring. Our DIL Laura and I were in the Quad last Monday and I took some new photos of some of the gargoyles. If you want to see the Cherry Blossoms click here.

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.

I have a another post about the gargoyles on the buildings in the Quad here.

I’m linking up with Angie for Mosaic Monday.

We are enjoying any sunshine that peeks through the clouds these fickle Spring days. We worked on our front planters until we both needed a few good doses of Ibuprofen. They are mostly cleared and now staked out for new borders and shape before we replant anything in them. We have many projects to complete at our Country Bungalow. We’ll have to pace ourselves and spread things out in the next 5 years!

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

13 thoughts on “University of Washington Gargoyles

  1. WOW, Ellen, such detail in the architecture, I will admit they are interesting to look at, but not pretty. looks like you and Laura had a wonderful experience! Thank you for sharing.
    I am happy you are getting a break in your weather.

  2. I always enjoy spotting interesting architectural details like these and the University of Washington’s gargoyles are so unique! We’ve been having very warm temps in the 70’s but snow is predicted by the end of the week–typical Colorado Spring!

  3. Ellen – I have seen many a gargoyle in my time touring churches in England. I like the ones you have shown here because many of them are different than the traditional church gargoyle! I am curious about the sentence at the end of your post, that you need to spread the work over 5 years. Why five? Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

    • Angie, I said 5 years to pace my brain. There is enough work at our country bungalow to last a lot longer. It will be interesting to see what projects are tackled and what ones are left behind.

  4. All those gargoyles are pretty amazing. Such detail.
    We have projects to do like you too. We have enough here to keep us busy till we die!!

  5. I remember being fascinated with those “heads” when my dad took my brother and me on a tour of the campus, maybe when I was around 10 or so…we were visiting my Aunt and Uncle in Seattle…. and mom must (now that I think of it) have wanted some sister time. It was unusual for my parents not to do things together.

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