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Philadelphia  

Sundial 148
State/Province:  Pennsylvania Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Fair
Latitude:   39° 57' N Longitude:   76° 09' W
Location:
  • Powel House Garden, 244 S. 3d St.
 
Description:
  • Horizontal dial approximately one foot diameter mounted on old stone atop a 3 foot stone pedestal. It is sitting against north wall of the garden and not aligned in proper direction. Plaque at the base states "This sundial stood for over a century in the gardens of Dorchester House, Park Lane, London, England. Presented by The Soroptomist Club of Philadelphia, December 23, 1935". This may be true for the dial plate because the hour angles indicate a latitude of 51°, the London latitude. It may not be true for the gnomon, whose style angle is 40°, the Philadelphia latitude. Access by taking guided tour, $5; then ask for garden.
 
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