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Sundial 881
State/Province:  California Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Equatorial Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   34° 11.9' N Longitude:   118° 12.5' W
Location:
  • The dial is in Descanso Gardens, located next to the Boddy House, the former residence of press magnate E. Manchester Boddy, the founder of the gardens.
 
Description:
  • The bronze equatorial dial is about 24" diameter, and has equatorial, meridian and horizon rings. It sits on top of a stone pedestal. The equatorial ring is supported by 24 spokes, spaced at 15 degrees. Around the rim 24 hour numerals in Arabic. The twelve signs of the zodiac are spaced every other hour on the equatorial rim. The orientation to true north and inclination were verified to be correct for the site. The sundial was a gift from the Kresser Smith family to the Descanso Gardens Guild in 1987 on the occasion of the guild's 30th anniversary.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Descanso Gardens Guild
  • Plaque:
    Presented by the Kresser Family
    To the Descanso Gardens Guild
    In Their 30th Year 1987
    In Honor of
    Forrest Kresser Smith
    First Guild President
  • Designer:
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: circa 1987
 
 
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