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Sundial 851
State/Province:  Louisiana Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Good
Latitude:   29° 43.968' N Longitude:   90° 7.3367' W
Location:
  • In front of the south entrance of Josephine Louise House, Newcomb Campus, Tulane University
 
Description:
  • The concrete dial is 32 inches in diameter with simple hour lines without any further ornamentation. The foot high gnomon is a stainless steel wedge, tapering slightly from base to top. An interesting effect of looking at the sundial and gnomon: by moving your head, the hour lines reflected in the gnomon can line up with lines on the other side of the gnomon. The dial sits on a 3 foot high concrete pedestal.

    From the history of Newcomb College, Susan Tucker writes, "In a letter dated October 11, 1886, Josephine Louise LeMonnier Newcomb first wrote to the Administrators of the Tulane University Educational Fund of her desire to establish a college in memory of her daughter, Harriot Sophie.... In January 1891, Newcomb began classes at the Washington Avenue campus in the heart of the fashionable Garden District [of New Orleans] with stately live oak trees lining the campus
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Tulane University
  • GIFT OF THE CLASS OF 1938 IN MEMORY OF JOSEPHINE LOUISE NEWCOMB FOUNDER OF NEWCOMB COLLEGE
  • Designer:
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: 1938
 
References: Web Links:
  • Close-up Photo: https://news.tulane.edu/news/sun-time

    Snowman and Gnomon
    http://www.ohr.tulane.edu/news/newwave/012914_snowman.cfm

Last Revised: 2016-12-25 21:56