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North American Sundial Society

Sundials of North America

This is a complete listing of sundials in the North American Sundial Society Registry. Click on any dial thumbnail picture or city name to display our complete listing and images. To see sundials in a particular state or province, you may click on the list at left to see all registered sundials in that state, province or country (at bottom) displayed in city order.

 
 
Mesa Arizona USA Equatorial Dial 302
Very handsome equatorial dial of bronze and marble, approximately 50 in. diameter. Sits on a triangular base atop marble pedestal 39 in. x39 in. x24 in. high. Inside brick-walled enclosure about 21 in. square.
 
 
Rolla Missouri USA Stonehenge Dial 301
Stonehenge-like half-scale model. 5 trilithons. A south-facing trilithon carries a pierced brass plate which projects a spot of sunlight on a folded analemma pattern. Stone.
 
 
Concord New Hampshire USA Horizontal Dial 300
A 16 inch diameter cast bronze horizontal dial with 7 inch high cast and machined bronze gnomon. Dial face shows hour, half-hour and quarter-hour lines and Roman hour numerals 5 AM to 7 PM. The hour lines are corrected for longitude but no EOT correction is shown.
 
 
Syracuse New York USA Statue Dial 299
Two cylindrical stems rise from large base, One stem supports a square, the other supports a disc. Unglazed stoneware
 
 
Evanston Illinois USA Horizontal Dial 298
This was once a horizontal sundial of unknown construction commissioned by the Works Progress Administration. The dial has been removed and only a 24x24 inch pedestal remains, now adorned by a flower pot.
 
 
Washington District of Columbia USA Horizontal Dial 297
Bronze 36 in. sundial. "Garden of Eden". Gift of estate of Paul Manship
 
 
Chicago Illinois USA Horizontal Dial 296
Approximately 4 foot diameter. A cement disk with a cleft at the top acts as a sundial. Cement, wood.
 
 
Syracuse New York USA Horizontal Dial 295
Horizontal oval disc with depression in center. Long rod rises diagonally from its surface. Unglazed stoneware
 
 
Orlando Florida USA Obelisk Dial 294
Bronze, granite An obelisk which, at the noon hour, will cast a shadow on a noon mark plaque positioned on the ground.
 
 
Redlands California USA Equatorial Dial 293
Equatorial dial designed by Russ Busher. A semicircle of metal, pierced with numerals. Sun shines through numerals onto metal plate with vertical line mounted below. Semicircle in equatorial plane, plate in polar plane. Such a dial is frequently advertized in "Wind and Weather" catalog. Placed atop a wooden post.
 
 
Honolulu Hawaii USA Dial 291
Bronze. Outer circle has flame-shaped knobs projecting from rim. Indicator or axis cuts band diagonally, terminating in oval projection on lower side. Gift of Mrs. Theodore A. Cooke. This dial is no longer on display at the museum. When an enquiry was made in May 2002, none of the staff knew of the dial's existence until an elderly lady in the gift shop knew it was in storage. The lady was a grand daughter of Mrs. Cooke.
 
 
Kohler Village Wisconsin USA Vertical Dial 290
A direct east vertical dial approximately 5 feet square, ornately painted onto the side of the Waelderhaus at Kohler Village. The Waelderhaus is a tribute to the tradition of Bregenzerwald, a province of Vorarlberg, Austria, and represents the architecture of this particular Alpine Area. The dial is painted in gold and white with flourishes. A top scroll shows hours with Arabic numerals while a bottom scroll shows the hours with Roman numerals. Lines for solstice, equinox, and signs of the zodiac are drawn across the faces of the dial. No analemma is drawn.
 
 
Urbana Illinois USA Horizontal Dial 289
Horizontal dial 14 inches diameter, with 5 inch tall gnomon. Sits on stone pedestal 40 x 40 x 42 inches.
 
 
Jackson Mississippi USA Armillary Dial 288
A 30 inch gilded bronze armillary sphere, titled "Cycle of Life". The armillary sphere is composed of rings representing the great circles of the heavens. Figures of a man, woman and child represent the Cycle of Life.
 
 
Grand Rapids Michigan USA Horizontal Dial 287
A cast iron statue of a small boy painted in gold and kneeling. With arms upright, he holds a plate on top of his head that held the original sundial face, surrounded by an inscription and ornamentation. The statue is bolted to a concrete pedestal. With the original sundial gnomon removed, a new oversized horizontal dial has been carelessly bolted onto the top plate. The gnomon and dial face imply it is a British reproduction, totally unsuited for the Michigan location. The dial face is ornate, with a compass rose in the center, surrounded by a chapter ring divided in 15 minute intervals. A second, outer chapter ring divides time into 5 minute intervals. Time is indicated with Roman numeral hour marks. Dial in good alignment, but illuminated by the sun only during early morning.
 
 
Denver Colorado USA Horizontal Dial 286
A large horizontal 6 1/2 ft. x 4 ft. dial in bronze A child figure stands, casting a shadow on the sundial. Child's hands should hold a gnomon rod, now missing. Dial and figure are placed atop a granite pedestal.
 
 
Cleveland Ohio USA Armillary Dial 285
37' Iron Composed of four iron rings bisected by an arrow. Mounted atop an upright cylinder. Gift of Lucile Teeter Kissach. Restored 1993.
 
 
Washington District of Columbia USA Armillary Dial 284
The Noyes armillary sphere was donated by Bertha Noyes in honor of her sister, Edith. Made of copper and bronze, the 6-foot armillary had an equatorial band with symbols of the zodiac, a meridian circle and arctic & antarctic circles. A winged cherub — a putto — stood in the center. The dial sat upon a octagonal polished green granite base.
 
 
Murrells Inlet South Carolina USA Horizontal Dial 283
This graceful 10 foot bronze sundial is a model of Paul Manship's dial "Time and Fates of Man" made for the 1939 New York World's Fair. The 1939 dial was made of plaster and stood 80 feet tall, claiming to be the biggest sundial in the world.
 
 
Grand Forks North Dakota USA Armillary Dial 282
A large brass and cast iron armillary dial with full equatorial and equinoctial colure rings, two tropic rings and Arctic and Antarctic circle rings. The sphere is tilted so the central gnomon points to celestial north and is mounted in a four-legged stand. The gnomon includes a nodus that casts a shadow on a plate with engraved date analemma.