Altgeld grotesque restored
Vanguard Sculpture Services has restored the head to the grotesque located in the garden between Altgeld Hall and Still Hall. Known as Olive Goyle, the grotesque is one of several that stood guard over Altgeld Hall when it was constructed in the late 1890s.
The sculpture stood above Altgeld’s west entrance until struck by lightning in 1966 and was moved to its current location in 1973. In 1996, the sculpture’s head was chiseled off and it remained headless for several years—to the delight of those who made a tradition of decorating the stump.