Sundials - World's Oldest Clocks

North American Sundial Society

Milwaukee  

Sundial 841
State/Province:  Wisconsin Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Vertical Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   42° 59.1536' N Longitude:   87° 52.8191' W
Location:
  • Fernwood Montessori School
    3239 South Pennsylvania Ave.
    Milwaukee, WI 53207
 
Description:
  • This large vertical south facing sundial is fabricated from aluminum. Eight slender hour lines delineate the time. At the top of the hour lines along the winter solstice are acrylic numbers on the circular hour plates showing time from 10am to 5pm. At the bottom of the hour lines along the summer solstice are additional acrylic numbers showing daylight saving time from 11am to 6pm. A short horizontal bar shows the equinox.

    The gnomon plate at the top of the sundial is painted with a labyrinth design that is unique to Fernwood Montessori and connects the sundial to the school.
 
General Information:
  • Owner: John Sanchez, Fernwood Montessori Principal
  • Designer: Dr. Woodruff Sullivan, Foundation Architects: Craig Eide & Greg Schwartz
  • Builder: Joel Badura, Painter: Tom Merkt
  • Construction Date: June, 2016
 
References:
  • During the design of the addition at Fernwood, school staff asked for interactive educational artwork to be incorporated into the courtyard to reinforce Montessori learning methods. The courtyard serves as an outdoor classroom for students to explore. Working with Woody Sullivan, Foundation Architects designed the asymmetrical sundial. The existing three story building (1927) shields the sundial from sunlight in the early morning hours.

Last Revised: 2016-09-23 17:00