Sundials - World's Oldest Clocks

North American Sundial Society

Gainesville  

Sundial 866
State/Province:  Florida Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Armillary Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   29° 39.4625' N Longitude:   82° 19.3296' W
Location:
  • Thomas Center
    302 NE 6th Ave, Gainesville FL 32601
    Grounds are open to the public

    Located in front of Turtle Court
 
Description:
  • As the tour pamphlet states,"The striking armillary sphere sundial, donated in 1986 by the Gowan family, terminates an important sight line from the Turtle Court. Two Washingtonia palms stand like tall sentries as visitors cross the arcade from the Turtle Court to the sundial." The bronze dial about a meter in diameter has a 3-inch bronze equatorial band with Roman numeral hour marks on the interior and signs of the zodiac on the exterior. The gnomon is a arrow rod that fits the "massiveness" of the sundial. All sit on an ornate granite pedestal that in turn sits on a square dais elevated about 6 inches from the ground.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Gainesville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs
  • Plaque
  • Designer:
  • Builder: donated by Gowan family
  • Construction Date: 1986
 
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Last Revised: 2017-05-26 17:30