Photographer's Note

This creature lives on one of the Square Mile Mansions on the top end of Peel Street (and now part of the McGill campus) built about 150 years ago. It and its partner seem to ward off evil from all who venture near and yet it seems that they threaten to induce as many nightmares as they would keep away.
In architecture, gargoyles (from the French gargouille, originally the throat or gullet, cf. Latin gurgulio, gula, and similar words derived from root gar, to swallow, the word representing the gurgling sound of water; Ital. doccione; Ger. Ausguss, Wasserspeier) are the carved terminations to spouts which convey water away from the sides of buildings, preventing foundations from eroding and basements from flooding.
A similar type of sculpture that does not work as a waterspout and serves only an ornamental function is called a chimera, although these are popularly referred to as gargoyles also.
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