The grotesques who watch over Baltimore from on high

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Maryland through the eyes of Sun photographers

October 31, 2005|By PHOTOS BY JED KIRSCHBAUM | PHOTOS BY JED KIRSCHBAUM,SUN PHOTOGRAPHER

Trick-or-treaters will don whimsical and scary costumes this evening before stalking Baltimore's streets for chocolate and sugary snacks. But observing these activities from their permanent posts will be mythological creatures and seemingly sentient animals. Architects and builders have employed gargoyles and grotesques on numerous buildings across Baltimore. Gargoyles, which date to at least the early 13th century, often act as waterspouts but are appreciated as decoration - if you can actually get close enough to see them well. Here is a sampling of visages that will remain long after Halloween has passed.

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