Throwback Thursday: Wall Ornament in Oakland

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Throwback Thursday: Wall Ornament in Oakland

 

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We were at the end of a 5 day trip to wine country (Napa and Sonoma) back in 2010, and on the way back to Carlsbad took another day to visit our daughter and  her husband who had just relocated from LA to Oakland for their new jobs.

 

Their apartment was just a block from Piedmont Avenue, a very cool residential and commercial area of Oakland, and we had a great time exploring shops and restaurants along the street while we were there. With camera in hand, I also had fun taking photos of various architectural features, including this wall ornament that looked very much like the gargoyles on the cathedrals we saw all over Europe, although it reminds me of a griffin as well.

 

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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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That's cool Jeff Dowler . I'd expect to see a family crest or something on that gargoyles shield.

Mar 08, 2018 07:23 PM #1
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Bob "RealMan" Timm 

It was pretty cool to see but it was the only one. Glad I happened to spot it! It does make one think of a family crest!

Jeff

Mar 08, 2018 08:54 PM #2
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Jeff Dowler scary looking creature.... a griffin would have been an imrovement to hold that plaque....

Mar 09, 2018 02:33 AM #3
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We have  our own "gargoyles of protection" outside and in...love them !

Mar 09, 2018 04:02 AM #4
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Jeff Dowler - I am enchanted with those Medieval architectural features seen in Europe and older buildings in the United States. I'm in awe. Someone actually made and sculpted those gargoyles. There was a significance. Was it just as significant to builders as it was to car manufacturers who made those hood ornaments? History can be found in the most unusual places.  

Reading between the lines, I hope your daughter and her husband are loving their relocation and that their jobs are great too. 

Mar 09, 2018 06:21 AM #5
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That guy does look pretty cool just hanging out up there. The mascot for the local High School where I grew up was the Griffins.

Mar 09, 2018 06:27 AM #6
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A touch of medieval Europe in the heart of Oakland; who would have thunk it Jeff Dowler 

Mar 09, 2018 07:37 AM #7
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Very cool. We don't have much of that around here. Ha. When we were visiting our friends in Santa Barbara, they showed us some great buidlings. There is a particular architect who does delightful and whimsical details to his buildings. I may have to do a post about it...so fun. 

Mar 09, 2018 07:49 AM #8
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So true Barbara Todaro . Keeping away evil spirits I suppose!

What fun Sally K. & David L. Hanson !

Jeff

Mar 09, 2018 07:55 AM #9
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Hi Patricia Feager  I don't know much about these sorts of things but find them fascinating, especailly when you come across them without expecting it.

Actually my daughter and her family were there 5 years but moved to LA, and closer to us, yay, several years ago. But we really enjoyed it while they were there...such a neat area, but so expensive!

Jeff

 

Mar 09, 2018 07:58 AM #10
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JL Boney, III 

There was a high school near my high school that was also the griffins. I'm not sure what that ornament is officially called but it was cool to see, plus all the other stuff I noticed.

Jeff

Mar 09, 2018 07:59 AM #11
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You never know until you start looking Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,  but once I did I saw all kinds of interesting architecture! We don't get much of that in my area.

Jeff

Mar 09, 2018 08:00 AM #12
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Now that would be fun to share with us! I enjoy seeing these sorts of things and San Francisco is loaded with them. And once you start to pay attention you see all kinds of things to capture with the camera!

Jeff

Mar 09, 2018 08:02 AM #13
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Jeff you got me wondering, gargolye or griffin so I Googled

Is a Griffin a Gargoyle? Some (but not all) of these medieval griffins are gargoyles. A gargoyle is a functional sculpture or carving that serves a practical purpose on the building's exterior—to move roof water away from its base, like a downspout of a gutter.

To me it looks like a griffin but very cool indeed.

Mar 09, 2018 08:27 AM #14
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Good afternoon Jeff - I am not sure what the gargoyle is holding but it certainly looks like Europe.

Mar 09, 2018 12:56 PM #15
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Jeff the Bay Area can be a gold mind for unique architectural features like this one.

Mar 09, 2018 03:43 PM #16
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Many of our historical homes and buildings downtown have these gargolyes. I love discovering them and recounting why they were added to protect the home or building.

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