by Daisy Yuhas
When you first visit Wharton courtyard, you’re most likely struck by the quaintly collegiate Gothic architecture, fall foliage, and possibly the view of the tennis courts. A slightly closer look at the architecture, however, might bring your attention to the unusual gargoyles that line the eaves of the courtyard.
Curiously and abruptly foreshortened man, beast, and somethings-in-between leer out at Swatties from various vantage points. However, these gargoyles, unlike medieval predecessors, have nothing to do with spirituality or rain gutters. In fact, they are a depiction of the four seasons and 12 signs of the zodiac. Along Section A-B of Wharton, you can spy Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, and Cancer. Inset between Leo and Virgo on C-D are Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Finally Libra, Scorpio, Sagitarrius, and Capricorn line eaves of E-F.