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Gargoyle, 1855 | by David V. Hoffman
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Gargoyle, 1855

The Lynchburg Museum in Lynchburg, Virginia is located in the old 1855 courthouse structure. This is one of the original gargoyles, intended to be a lion, similar to those on the Parthenon; but as the descriptive tag in the museum states, it looks more like a pig. Gargoyles were frequently used as waterspouts from gutters; and they may also have been used to ward off "evil spirits". It is a Greek Revival touch on the building.

 

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Taken on December 31, 2010