Sundials - World's Oldest Clocks

North American Sundial Society

Pittsburgh  

Sundial 107
State/Province:  Pennsylvania Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Poor
Latitude:   40° 26.6111' N Longitude:   79° 57.1622' W
Location:
  • 4301 Forbes Avenue
    Pittsburg, PA 15213
    Adjacent to the southwest corner of the
    Stephen Foster Memorial.

    If facing the memorial from Forbes Ave entrance to the building, the sundial is off of the left path around the building
 
Description:
  • In May of 1914, a beautiful sundial was erected in Schenley Park in memory of the Pittsburgh Blues, a company sent out from Pittsburgh. To remember this event Pennsylvania Chapters including the Keystone Chapter, Old Ironsides Chapter, General Robert Patterson Chapter, and the Stephen Decatur Chapter participated in the famous grave marking ceremonies which located, honored, and decorated hundreds of graves of men who served in the War of 1812 with custom made flags and flowers.

    The aging bronze 12 inches diameter dial sits on a square stone supported by a square plinth of white stone. The gnomon is missing, but once was supported with two ornate cross-braces. It is difficult to see the hour lines, but if one looks carefully you can see a chapter ring delineated in 5 minute marks with hours shown using Roman numerals.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: University of Pittsburgh
  • DEDICATED TO THE PITTSBURGH BLUES WAR OF 1812

    RE-ERECTED ON THE CAMPUS OF UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH AND RE-DEDICATED TO THE STEPHEN FOSTER MEMORIAL MAY 9, 1941.
  • Designer: Dolly Madison Chapter Daughters of 1812
  • Builder: Dolly Madison Chapter Daughters of 1812
  • Construction Date: May 1914
 
References:
  • Erected in May 1914 by the The Dolly Madison Chapter of the United States Daughters of 1812. This chapter remained active until the late 1980s.

Last Revised: 2018-09-15 18:36