Please enjoy this video displaying various Street Clocks on a 1903 Trolley Ride.
Memorial Bell Tower
The Phillips Academy Memorial Bell Tower, erected in 1923 and restored in 2005, stands as a tribute to the 85 men of Andover who died in World War I. The iconic structure and its carillon bells serve as one of the most recognized and remembered symbols of Andover. To honor the tradition of the Memorial Bell Tower, this site features audio, video and historical information for alums to enjoy.
Visit the website to listen to the bell tower ring.
Photo: Esther Mipaas, 1975
Lost landmark clock, Knocked down by truck in 1997.
"The clock, standing in front of a branch office of Capitol Bank, was erected between 1911 and 1918. The clock has a panelled base and fluted Doric post, broken at various points by torus moldings, The base, post and head are cast iron,painted green. The clock is in working order, has a white face and black Roman numerals and hands. Across from the numerals V and VII are scrolls and pinwheels. On the face of the clock are the words "maintained by Capitol Bank and Trust Company" and at the base 'E. Howard & Co., Boston'."
"This clock was constructed by the Kenneth Lynch Co. of Wilton, Connecticut and erected in 1979 at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Boylston Street. It is a reproduction of a Howard design and is very similar to the clock now in East Boston except that its proportions are squatter, and the pinwheels at its neck are absent. Made of black cast iron, the clock has a white face, black Roman numerals and hands. At the top of the crown is a coin picturing Benjamin Franklin; this coin is the logo of the Mutual Bank, in front of which the clocks stands. The clock is not nominated for Landmarks designation because it is not an original Howard design."
"Erected in 1930, the clock is located in front of a branch office of the Boston Five Cents Savings Bank. The base and post of this clock are identical to those of the Chelsea Street clock in East Boston. Originally, the Centre Street clock had a Howard head, but in 1956 it was replaced by an EMI Time Company head with a long neck, plain white face and black Arabic numerals. Mounted on the neck and surrounding the head was a big V (symbolic of the five of the Boston Five Cents Savings Bank) and atop the clock was a sign that said "The Boston Five". Presently the clock is not in working order: it has no hands. The big V and the sign topping the clock are missing and the long neck is now surrounded by four thin posts. The clock's substantial alterations make it ineligible for Landmarks designation."
"This clock was erected between 1905 and 1918 and originally stood in Scollay Square, in front of Tremont Row on Court Street. The clock was moved to East Boston where it is located in the parking lot of Rapino's Funeral Home. The clock has a·panelled base and fluted Corinthian post, interrupted at various points by torus moldings. The base, post, head and crown are cast iron, painted black. The clock is in working order and has a black face, gold Roman numerals and hands. The crown is ogee shaped with winged scrolls and the letter "R" at the center. There are additional scrolls at the sides of the crown. Across from the numerals V and VII are scrolls and pinwheels."
"the corner of Massachusetts and Huntington Avenues, in front of Symphony Plaza Towers, is the location for a clock similar in design to the one at 439 Boylston Street. This clock, however, is painted black and has a Corinthian, not Doric, post. It is in working order and is labelled 'E.' Howard & Co. , Boston'."
"Set up in front of J.J. Donovan's in 1980, when the clock was approximately ten years old, the clock has a rectangular panelled base, a fluted Doric post, and a round head which is topped by an eagle with spread wings. The clock was made of cast iron, painted green by the Brown Street Clock Co. of Monessen, Pennsylvania. It has a white face, black hands and Arabic numerals. It is not eligible for Landmark designation because it is not a Howard design, it is not from the Boston area and it has been at its present site for only three years."
"The clock, erected J09, stands on a small triangular piece of land at the int,€rsection of Dorchester Avenue, Ashmont Street and Talbor Ave. It is the only architect - designed clock still standing, a creation of William Downes Austin of Boston. Designs for the other Howard clocks were provided by the company. The clock is constructed of cast iron, painted green. Its four faces are now black with gold Roman numerals and hands; originally the faces were white with black numerals and hands. Unlike the other clocks, this one has a square continuous shaft which is wider at the bottom than at the top (The other clocks have' distinct square bases and round posts). Elaborate leaf designs surround the faces and under each side of the VI is a dog's head. The clock is topped by a pineapple and is taller and grander than the others in the city. It will be restored to working order."
This particular clock recently got some nice media coverage from the Boston Globe for its "keeper". Check out the video HERE
Photo: Maggie Dwyer
Old State House.
"The clock, erected c. 1870, stands in front of the Clock Tavern and has a panelled base and a fluted Corinthian post, broken at various points by torus moldings. Both base and post are cast iron. The base is labelled 'E, Howard & Co., Boston'. The wooden head is currently under repair. The crown over the head is squared off with scrolls and vents on the sides. The vents were required because the two clear glass faces were originally gas lit at night. The east face and hands·are intact and will be reused while the west face and hands will be refurbished. Both faces have Roman numerals. On the rim of the clockhead, across from the numerals "V" and "VII", are winged scrolls and pinwheels."
Ayer Mill Clock
Pictured: Tom and clockmaster Charlie Waites stand inside the tower
Photo: Joe Bernardin, August 2000
Some Clock facts:
It towers about 260 feet above the city.
Each clock face is a mere 6 inches smaller in diameter than Big Ben.
It is the largest mill lock tower in the world.
During restoration, 4 feet of bird droppings were cleaned out of the tower.
Website link to LussierPhoto. Most photos are at the bottom of the page.
Lawrence, Mass. -- The Ayer Mill Clock Tower, one of the largest four-faced chiming clocks in the world will celebrate its centennial anniversary on October 3rd. At 267 ft high, the Clock Tower has been located beside the Merrimack River as a symbol of the courage and revitalization of Greater Lawrence, since its construction in 1910. During the last 100 years, the story of the Ayer Mill Clock tower has echoed the story of Lawrence; from its construction at the height of New England’s textile industry to its decline following the closure of the mills to its incredibly moving restoration in 1991.
The tower rises above the restored mill on South Union Street in Lawrence that is owned and occupied by New Balance, the Boston-based global athletic company. New Balance is a major contributor towards the clock tower’s endowment which is owned and managed by the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF). Through the endowment, ECCF also manages maintenance of the tower, employing Charlie Waites as keeper, cleaner and tuner of the clockworks for the last 19 years.
The Ayer Mill clock tower first rang at 9:00 pm on October 3rd 1910. At 2:00 pm on Sunday October 3rd 2010, the Ayer Mill clock will ring 100 times to mark its centennialyear. Area residents, historians and clock lovers are invited to join the Lawrence History Center, Essex County Community Foundation and fans of the clock at the Lawrence History celebrate the stories of its past and present. The legendary Bruce Arnold will be master of ceremonies.
The Ayer Mill Clock Tower in Lawrence, MA and Big Ben in London are the largest four-faced chiming clocks in the world. These two landmark towers are sisters as the two largest clock towers of their kind in the world. One was built as a working monument to the parliamentary heritage and permanence of old England, while the other was built as a working monument to the industrial heritage and permanence of New England.
Please visit www.lawrencehistory.org to learn more.
- Essex County Community Foundation
Lawrence Town Hall
Photo by Tom Bernardin June 2016
Lawrence Heritage State Park
Bicknell clock photos in factory courtesy of electric time. Dedication Photos by Joe Ponti.
Lawrence, Massachusetts is the home of the first preservation effort of SAVE AMERICA'S CLOCKS. Located on the main shopping street, Essex Street, The Bicknell clockwas erected in 1885. While visiting Lawrence in 1996, I inquired about the clock at Lawrence Heritage State Park. I was told that an out of state concern was interested in obtaining the clock. I knew it was important to move quickly. The clock was owned by the city and through the terrific efforts of the Department of Public Works, the clock was taken down and brought to Lawrence Heritage State Park, where it safely rests until fund raising efforts can raise the necessary money. Lawrence is also home to Lawrence History Center and they were able to provide us with old advertisements which feature the clock. Donations for the clock are being accepted and processed through the Merrimac Valley Community Foundation. Currently, the clock is being restored by electric Time of Medfield.
In addition to raising the monies needed for restoration, I felt it was important that we also focus on the future. As part of our efforts, we are planning to provide computer equipment for Immigrant City Archives so that they may do their jobs more efficiently. I feel it is necessary to focus not only on the past, but on the future as well.
Everett Mills Clock
Union St # 1
Photo by Tom Bernardin June 2016
Dedicated to Peter McCauley, Revere's unofficial historian.
The clock was rebuilt after the blizzard of 1978.
Photo: John Benecchi
Town Hall Clock
A three faced clock that was made and installed in 1885-6 by George M. Stevens & Co. of Boston. The dial and bell within the tower are believed to be original or of the time period the clock was made, however the bell hammer is new and the mechanisms for the timing and strike have been electrified.
Photo: Tom Bernardin, Sean Clarkin August, 2015
Provincetown High School
Photo: Tom Bernardin