This is the only publication that has revealed the meanings behind the bizarre hand cut stone carvings on Yale's Gothic campus buildings. Whether satirical, serious, or comical, they all make us stop and wonder what they mean. Since the early 1900's when the accomplished architect James Gamble Rogers designed them, their mystery has endured. Many of them reveal the "other side" of his very serious personality. They are in fact his "alter ego." Situated high atop steeples and bell towers, several of these carvings and gargoyles actually require binoculars to be seen clearly. Some are obscured by tree limbs. Many may be described as "Hidden in Plain Sight." The real meanings behind these unusual carvings were difficult to uncover. More than two years of extensive research in Yale's archives, interviews with historians and experts in the architectural field were required to solve the many mysteries of these stone carvings.
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In my four glorious years at Yale, I would find myself noticing the stone carvings at odd times. It wasn’t every day, but more in moments when I was racing across campus to get to an exam, or rushing up Prospect Street to head to hockey practice at Ingalls Rink. My eyes would be caught by some strange creature, half human, half beast, doing something odd. I would inevitably pause and wonder what it was or why it was there, perched on a building. Then as quick as it entered my head, it would leave. A few times I would talk to friends who had similar experiences. As much as I learned about myself, the campus and the world in my time at Yale, I can honestly say that those carvings were as much of a mystery when I left Yale as they were the first day I saw them. Now I finally have my answers in this amazing new book, "YALE'S HIDDEN TREASURES".
BS ’01 Yale Hockey 1997-2001
CEO, Ford Commercial Solutions, Ford Motor Company
What a wonderful idea! The architect of Gothic Yale not only copied the solemnities of the style, but the carnivalesque nose-thumbing as well. Anyone who knows and loves Yale will have glimpsed a few of these — and here's a book that tells how they got there and why.
Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing
English Department, Yale University
I thoroughly enjoyed this well researched book that revealed the influence of religion on early education at Yale University. Interspersed with satire and humor, I found it to be a very entertaining and enlightening book.
Father John Poulos
I've walked through the Yale campus for years and was unaware of the scope and magnitude of the University's architectural design until I read this book. It's a fascinating and authoritative page turner filled with humor and compelling insight. Highly recommended reading.
Much of life is spend hurrying to our next appointment, or burying ourselves too deeply in our work that we do not take time to observe the beauty created around us, both natural and man made. This book walks us through the fascinating architecture and sculpture that is part of Yale's history and landscape. It illuminates the imagination and makes you wonder what stories the creators were attempting to tell the future generations of leaders that were to walk Yale's hallowed grounds. Take this trip with the author and photographer and feel free to make up your own stories and imagine mysteries that might have been.
Laurie Harkness, PhD, CPRP
Clinical Professor in Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine
Thanks for thinking of me. Seems like a fun project. Best of luck with the publishing.
Creator of the Doonesbury Comic Strip
sometimes surprising, sometimes hilarious: this book is just like the famous
carvings themselves. Stern reveals the forgotten history sitting perched
above the streets that a thousand people walk each day. This is a tale
told with extensive research and exquisite photographs. I'll never look
at campus the same way again.