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Sundial 244
State/Province:  Texas Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Armillary Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   29° 45.612' N Longitude:   95° 22.246' W
Location:
  • Sam Houston Park
    NE corner of Bagby & McKinney St.
    Houston
 
Description:
  • A 72 inch painted steel armillary dial with meridian, equatorial, horizon, Arctic and Antarctic rings. Equatorial ring has hourly Roman numerals and zodiacal symbols on its exterior.

    A bronze plaque on the base explains the armillary operation and provides a table of combined EOT and longitude corrections. Since Houston is more than 5 degrees from the time zone meridian, the longitude correction is almost 22 minutes, greater than the largest EOT correction, resulting in the combined corrections to always add to the dial time. Dial is mounted to a two foot diameter concrete pedestal.

    This dial was restored in 2000 by the Houston Municipal Art Commission funded by Searcy and Elizabeth Bracewell.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: City of Houston
  • Dial is titled "HOUSTON ARMILLARY SPHERE" on pedestal plaque.
  • Designer: Kenneth Lynch and Sons
  • Builder: Kenneth Lunch and Sons
  • Construction Date: Approximately 1970