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Vassar College Library Gargoyles and Grotesques

Vassar College Library was built in 1905, the architecture and the style of the building is perpendicular Gothic, with many embellishments. Among those embellishments are approximately thirty-six gargoyles and grotesques. Gargoyles are decorative water-bearing fixtures meant to redirect rainwater away from stonework while grotesques, although similar in appearance, are meant only for adornment.
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Vassar College Library Gargoyles and Grotesques

Above and to the left (south) of main entrance on east wall. [location: A1]

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Date
2017-05-01T00:00:01Z-2017-05-01T23:59:59Z
Abstract

Projecting; distraught lion head; feathered or scaled body; bird feet; front legs; no wings

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Above and to the right (north) of main entrance on east wall. [location: A2]

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Date
2017-05-02T00:00:01Z-2017-05-02T23:59:59Z
Abstract

Projecting; lion head with mane; front legs

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At corner of northern and western arms [location: C13]

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Date
2017-05-25T00:00:01Z-2017-05-25T23:59:59Z
Abstract

Projecting; crocodile; grid pattern on body

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At corner of southern and western arms [location: C4]

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Date
2017-05-16T00:00:01Z-2017-05-16T23:59:59Z
Abstract

Projecting; crocodile; grid pattern on body

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At top of front (east) wall, at northeast corner [location: B10]

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Date
2017-05-12T00:00:01Z-2017-05-12T23:59:59Z
Abstract

Projecting; eagle; ears

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At top of front (east) wall, at southeast corner [location: B1]

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Date
2017-05-03T00:00:01Z-2017-05-03T23:59:59Z
Abstract

Projecting; lion head, no mane; eagle body' wings; rear legs

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At top of front (east) wall, fourth from northeast corner [location: B7]

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Date
2017-05-09T00:00:01Z-2017-05-09T23:59:59Z
Abstract

Projecting; lion with mane on neck

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At top of front (east) wall, fourth from southeast corner [location: B4]

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Date
2017-05-06T00:00:01Z-2017-05-06T23:59:59Z
Abstract

Projecting; crocodile; grid pattern on body

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At top of front (east) wall, north corner of east arm [location: B6]

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Date
2017-05-08T00:00:01Z-2017-05-08T23:59:59Z
Abstract

Projecting; eagle head and wings; ears; rear legs

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At top of front (east) wall, second from northeast corner [location: B9]

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Date
2017-05-11T00:00:01Z-2017-05-11T23:59:59Z
Abstract

Profile, facing right; lion with mane

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At top of front (east) wall, second from southeast corner [location: B2]

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Date
2017-05-04T00:00:01Z-2017-05-04T23:59:59Z
Abstract

Profile, facing left; dragon with wings and scales; leonine tail

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At top of front (east) wall, south east arm [location: B5]

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Date
2017-05-07T00:00:01Z-2017-05-07T23:59:59Z
Abstract

Projecting; wolf head; eagle wings; rear legs

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At top of front (east) wall, third from northeast corner [location: B8]

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Date
2017-05-10T00:00:01Z-2017-05-10T23:59:59Z
Abstract

Profile, facing left; dragon with wings and scales; serpentine tail

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At top of front (east) wall, third from southeast corner [location: B3]

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84804-Service File.jpg
Date
2017-05-05T00:00:01Z-2017-05-05T23:59:59Z
Abstract

Profile, facing right; lion with mane

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At top of tower, on east end of north wall [location: D3]

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Date
2017-05-31T00:00:01Z-2017-05-31T23:59:59Z
Abstract

Projecting; wolf head?; flutd throat; eagle wings; rear legs

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At top of tower, on east end of south wall [location: D8]

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Date
2017-06-05T00:00:01Z-2017-06-05T23:59:59Z
Abstract

Projecting; wolf or dragon head; feathers? on cheeks; fluted neck; eagle wings

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At top of tower, on north end of east wall [location: D2]

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Date
2017-05-30T00:00:01Z-2017-05-30T23:59:59Z
Abstract

Projecting; demon or wolf head; eagle wings; rear legs

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At top of tower, on north end of west wall [location: D5]

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Date
2017-06-02T00:00:01Z-2017-06-02T23:59:59Z
Abstract

Projecting; dragon head and neck; eagle wings; rear legs; mammal feet

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At top of tower, on south end of east wall [location: D1]

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Date
2017-05-29T00:00:01Z-2017-05-29T23:59:59Z
Abstract

Projecting; demon head?; scaly neck; eagle wings; rear legs

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At top of tower, on south end of west wall [location: D6]

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84811-Service File.jpg
Date
2017-06-03T00:00:01Z-2017-06-03T23:59:59Z
Abstract

Projecting; wolf head; eagle wings; rear legs

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