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Cranford  

Sundial 797
State/Province:  New Jersey Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Poor
Latitude:   40° 39.983' N Longitude:   74° 19.391' W
Location:
  • Cranford campus of Union County College
    Near Fables Pond, adjacent to William Miller Sperry Observatory
    Cranford
 
Description:
  • A 15 foot diameter horizontal dial with 5 foot high welded stainless steel plate gnomon. The dial face is elevated 18 inches by a white marble-faced platform above a 50 foot diameter concrete plaza that includes inset stainless steel hour line extensions. The dial face is rimmed with Bluestone and has elevated stainless steel hour lines for 4 am to 8 pm and elevated three inch stainless steel Arabic hour numerals. Cardinal directions are marked with elevated 6 inch stainless steel letters.

    The gnomon is a massive "T" weldment of 1/2-inch thick stainless steel plates with a similar angled brace supporting the gnomon on the north.

    The stonework mortar and concrete dial face have deteriorated and the dial is now in poor condition. A plan to restore or reconstruct the dial is under study by the college and interested local individuals.

    There is some doubt about the correctness of the dial design or construction layout as some of the hour lines seem slightly misplaced. The gnomon root appears to be shifted several inches north but this apparent shift may be due to "crowning" of the dial face to provide water runoff.

 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Union County College
  • THIS DIAL IS THE GIFT OF THE KIWANIS CLUB OF CRANFORD, NEW JERSEY TO MEMORIALIZE ITS INTEREST IN UNION COLLEGE AND THE YOUTH OF CRANFORD 1972
  • Designer: Dean S. Van der Clute, an architect in Cranford
  • Builder: Arthur Williams and the Cranford Kiwanis Club
  • Construction Date: 1972
 

Last Revised: 6/28/2015 1:50:4