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Albany  

Sundial 497
State/Province:  New York Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Vertical Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   42° 39' 06.4" N Longitude:   73° 45' 18.5" W
Location:
  • Albany City Hall Carillon Tower, corner of Eagle St. and Corning Place
 
Description:
  • A beautiful and well preserved vertical dial 40 x 40 inches. The sundial is on the southerly facing wall of Albany City Hall's 202 foot carillon tower, a building on the National Historic Register. The dial is marked with lines every 15 minutes; the hour lines are marked in roman numerals extending from XII in the morning to XII at night. Although the dial is in excellent condition, the gnomon is slightly bent. There is a small "signature" on the lower boarder of the brass plate, "Haight and Clark, Albany NY". Side note: The tower houses the first municipal carillon in the US (1927).
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: City of Albany
  • Dial is inscribed, "Renew theyself each day. The finial of the tower of this city hall is in latitude 43 deg 39min 06.4sec, longitude 73 deg 45min 18.5sec or 4H 55M 01.2S. The standard time for the seventy fifth meridian is 4 minutes 58.8 seconds slower than Albany Local Time. The brass line on the sidewalk is a true astronomical meridian."
  • Designer:
  • Builder: Haight & Clark, Albany NY
  • Construction Date: 22 July, 1897