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Sundial 396
State/Province:  Missouri Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Vertical Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   38° 39' N Longitude:   90° 18' W
Location:
  • Washington University
    Cupples I building, on Brookings Dr., between Millbrook Blvd and Forsyth Blvd.
    Hilltop Campus at the west end of Forest Park.
 
Description:
  • A vertical decliner at the top of the Cupples I building. Given by the class of 1908. Can be seen from the courtyard of Robert S. Brookings building. In 1908 the campus newspaper, the Washington University Student Life, commented that "The new sun dial on Cupples I is now being put into position upon the tablet on the south side of the building?It will be interesting to note the discrepancy between sun time and standard time by comparing with the Varsity clock [a large time piece situated high on the west wall of Brookings Hall, with both clock and dial visible in the quadrangle]." Today the Baumont Pavilion, erected in 1965, blocks a close view of the ornate tablet and dial. Use binoculars from a distance.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Washington University
  • Inscribed "I am a shadow / So art thou;/ I mark time / Dost thou?" "Class of 1908"
  • Designer:
  • Builder: Samuel Cupples, building architect
  • Construction Date: 1908