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In addition to its treasure trove of plants and flowers, RPG is home to some unique art objects--including gargoyles. Picture-1 features a display of terra cotta gargoyles from the former Euclid Avenue Station, which was a stop along the old Pennsylvania Railroad route. The pieces were moved to RPG when the station was demolished in the 1970s.
Gargoyles were common architectural features for thousands of years. Their spouts diverted rainwater away from buildings, thereby preventing mortar erosion. Later, especially in movies, gargoyles became associated with fantastical creatures.
The Pennsylvania Railroad was part of the Conrail network, which included the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad and the New York Central Railroad. The Cleveland operations dated back to 1836. (Encyclopedia of Cleveland History)
The plaque states in part, "Gargoyles and Mementos from the Old Pennsylvania Railroad Euclid Avenue Station 1901-1973."
The display (just one of many at RPG) is artfully mounted on the panels of a brick wall near the entrance to the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse indoor showroom.
Gargoyle hunting is a favorite pastime of many architectural enthusiasts. Today, with the destruction of so many older buildings, architectural gargoyles are becoming extinct. However, gargoyle statutes are popular focal points in gardens and retreats. RPG is happy to preserve and host this fine collection of Cleveland's own gargoyles.
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A Cleveland gem, the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse is a City-owned botanical garden and greenhouse that is open to the public seven days a week, including weekends and holidays. Admission is free.
Situated on four peaceful and lush acres, the Greenhouse features a variety of specialty plant collections, seasonal floral displays, and spectacular theme gardens-- including the Betty Ott Talking Garden for the Blind.
RPG is the home of peaceful gardens featuring ADA-accessible walkways, tropical fruit trees, a garden for the blind, and spectacular seasonal displays. RPG's Specialty Gardens provide memorable experiences.