Wanna Meet My Griffins?


I have done several posts about the eight fireplaces in the Cross House, and also of their cast-iron frames and insert panels. There are also bottom pieces. See this one? See over to each side of it? Why…



…I have griffins in the house! I never noticed! Griffins!!!!!!!!









  1. Julia on October 15, 2016 at 11:15 am

    I’m naming him Merv..

    • Ross on October 15, 2016 at 11:23 am

      It took me a moment, and then I laughed!

    • Brandy Mulvaine on October 16, 2016 at 8:15 am


  2. Blair Carmichael on October 15, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Missouri Western State University’s mascot!

  3. Esther on October 15, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    These are pre-cleaning Ross? I follow your blog and await new posts with extreme anticipation! Beautiful home, awesome job.

    • Ross on October 15, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      Yes, pre-stripped.

      And thank you!

  4. Meade Bollard on November 17, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Ross, are you sure those are griffins? I’m wondering if perhaps they are phoenixes. It would make sense after all: consumed by fire, rising from the ashes… and on the fireplace. Whaddaya think?

    • Ross on November 18, 2016 at 8:04 am

      Huuummm, a most excellent question.

      How does one tell the difference between griffins and phoenixes?

  5. David Wallis on November 28, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    These are phoenixes. You can tell because they are all bird and have that funny topknot on their head (kinda like a peacock only wavy). They are often shown rising out of a fire, but that’s not in evidence here.

    A griffin has the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion from just behind the wings back to the tail. (A hippogriff is similar but is eagle and horse.) Here’s one of a pair of guardian griffons at the gate of Villa Montalvo.

  6. montana on January 16, 2017 at 8:30 am

    if you are familiar with the Castle in the Clouds mansion in Wolfeboro, NH, they have a large pair of Chinese griffins that I think show up on their website. I will check my picture file as I may have a picture of them.

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