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North American Sundial Society

Meadville  

Sundial 906
State/Province:  Pennsylvania Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Fair
Latitude:   41° 38.9863' N Longitude:   80° 08.7892' W
Location:
  • The campus of Allegheny College
    In front of Arter Hall

    The dial sits atop a time capsule
 
Description:
  • This patina dial shows lots of wear. Although it sits on an elegant helical pedestal. The dial has a compass rose and from measurements of both the dial and gnomon, it was constructed for London at 51 degrees. This is further supported by the hour extent from 4am to 8pm. The hours are delineated in irregular 5 minute marks with hours shown as Roman numerals. The 6am to 6pm hour lines should be exactly opposite, but are angled toward the gnomon foot. Unfortunately this dial never kept good time in London and certainly can not tell accurate time in Pennsylvania.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Alleghney College
  • Motto:
    As day runs
    So death comes

    Plaque:
    Placed in honor of
    Professor of Mathematics
    Dr. Anthony LoBello
    His exceptional scholarship and devotion to teaching over the span of 40 years at Allegheny College has inspired students and colleagues alike
  • Designer: Barry Stransky '83 donated the sundial and time capsule.
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: Placed in front of Arter Hall October 21, 2017
 
References:
  • The time capsule below the sundial is to be opened on the 300th anniversary of the college in 2115

Last Revised: 2018-09-16 19:45