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Sundial 205
State/Province:  District of Columbia Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Armillary Condition:  
Latitude:   38° 55' N Longitude:   77° 04' W
Location:
  • Montrose Park on R Street NW, opposite Avon Place
 
Description:
  • Very nicely armillary sphere about 3 ft. diameter, with equatorial, meridional and hour circles. Roman hour numerals from 5 AM to 7 PM. One of Washington DC's cleanest examples of a working armillary sphere. Erected by the Georgetown Garden Club in 1956 in tribute to Sarah Louisa Rittenhouse. Dial is placed atop a sandstone pillar.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner:
  • Inscribed "In tribute to Sarah Louisa Rittenhouse 1845-1942, Through her vision and perseverance this land became Montrose Park"
  • Designer:
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: 1956
 
References:
  • Geo. McDowell, Twelve Sundials of Washington, nr. 9