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Sundial 859
State/Province:  Rhode Island Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Vertical Condition:  Poor
Latitude:   41° 49.350' N Longitude:   71° 24.850' W
Location:
  • Waterplace Park, 1 Finance Way, Providence, RI. The dial is located on the south side of a short tower at the top of the 3-story building complex at the edge of Waterplace Park. It is just below the clock on the tower.
 
Description:
  • This is a traditional vertical dial approximately 4 x 6 feet. The dial is surrounded by a row of square pink concrete brick. The dial backdrop itself is concrete with decorative dark block squares in each corner. The dial consists of a simple metal frame with hour lines that radiate from a small top central circle, all well proportioned. Hours of 7, 9, 12, 3, and 5 are marked with Arabic numbers, keeping the dial face simple. No solstice or equinox lines, but there is an artistic circular arc surrounding the central circle. Unfortunately the rod gnomon is completely missing.
 
General Information:
  • Owner: City of Providence
  • Designer:
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: 1994
 

Last Revised: 2017-04-11 21:40