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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.

 
 
Stow Massachusetts USA Vertical Dial 48
A wood vertical dial on the south side of a schoolhouse. Has hour lines from 6am to 6pm with Roman numerals at each hour. The gnomon radiates from a plain diamond in the center of the dial.
 
 
Heber City Utah USA Equatorial Dial 47
A 10 inch wide, cylindrical-segment equatorial dial 8 inches high, fabricated from a section of large PVC pipe. The dial face is aluminum sheet bonded to the PVC pipe and marked by photochemical engraving with hour lines showing analemmas to correct for EOT; hour lines are corrected for longitude and show both standard and daylight saving Arabic hour numerals. Winter and summer solstices and equinoxes are marked. The gnomon is a pointed brass rod. Instructions for use are included on dial face. The dial is mounted atop a 4x4 inch steel post 30 inches high tiled with travertine and marble. This dial demonstrates accuracy of 2-3 minutes year-round. This dial is located at a private residence. The owner will allow viewing if prearranged by contact through email at kirknorth3@gmail.com
 
 
Newton Massachusetts USA Horizontal Dial 46
Limestone Horizontal
 
 
Cambridge Massachusetts USA Vertical Dial 45
Painted Dial
 
 
Gloucester Massachusetts USA Horizontal Dial 44
 
 
Foxboro Massachusetts USA Vertical Dial 43
Very large vertical dial mounted above the entrance to the Foxboro Research Center. With solstice and equinox lines and a noon analemma.
 
 
Danvers Massachusetts USA Vertical Dial 42
An east- declining vertical wood dial above the main doorway of the Rebecca Nurse House. Rebecca Nurse was a victim of the Salem witch trials in 1692. The House was restored in 1909 and it is believed this dial was added at that time; there is no evidence the house originally had a sundial.
 
 
Boston Massachusetts USA Vertical Decliner Dial 41
High on east facing wall of the Old State House, is a vertical declining originally built in 1713. The 6x4 foot dial is just above the third story window. Restored by R.N. Mayall in 1957. Background is faded blue. Hour lines are hard to see, but Roman numerals along edge are clearly visible. In upper left corner of dial, just above the gnomon, is a small yellow sun. No longer present; may have been removed during restoration in late 1990s. Sundial has been replaced with a clock.
 
 
Andover Massachusetts USA Armillary Dial 40
A very large and ornate armillary sphere, approximately 8 feet in diameter. Sculpted by Paul Manship in 1928 and cast by Alexis Rudier Fondeur in Paris. The armillary has large figures inside the sphere at the base and the equatorial circle has signs of the zodiac in raised metalwork. The dial sits atop a well proportioned light granite pillar that is about 3 foot high and 4 foot diameter.
 
 
Dodge City Kansas USA Horizontal Dial 39
Two horizontal dials side by side, one for Central Standard Time and one for Mountain Standard Time. The CST dial shows hour lines for 7 AM to 7 PM, the MST dial shows 6 AM through 6 PM. Corrected for longitude. Each dial is approximately 13 meters in diameter. In front of the dials is a large concrete plaque with the equation of time and analemma. The analemma is represented as summer on top and late months (Feb, Jul) on right. This is not the way it would be viewed in the traditional series of photos nor is it the way a shadow would be traced. The width is exaggerated, presumably to allow a better reading of the minutes of time. The paint is peeling badly.
 
 
Bloomington Indiana USA Horizontal Dial 38
A small horizontal dial, about 18 inches in diameter. The dial plate is tilted 2 deg to the horizon to allow water run-off. However, more unusual is the base that contains a hand crank connected to a scalloped drum that tilts the entire dial to adjust for the Equation of Time. The drum is rotated to the current date and the drum edge pushes a cam that tilts the plane of the horizontal face so that standard time is indicated to within half a minute. The dial is actually mounted on an equatorial axis. Since 1979 the dial has gone into a state of disrepair and is overgrown by bushes. In July 2011 it is reported that the adjusting knob no longer works to tilt the dial.
 
 
Orlando Florida USA Horizontal Dial 37
This plain dial formed on a concrete base has an elegant gnomon, designed with an interior curve and oval. But alas, don't go to Florida to find it. Sometime in 2013 as Harcourt closed its Florida office, the new tenet had no use for the sundial and had it scheduled for demolition.
 
 
Lake Wales Florida USA Vertical Dial 36
Beautiful vertical dial, approx 12x6 foot of Georgia marble with a brass gnomon approx 5 foot long. Declination lines present. Hour & half hour lines with hours in Roman numerals. Sunburst pattern above gnomon. From the Guidebook, published by the Garden: 'The famous sundial carved on the south wall of the Tower indicates the latitude and longitude of Iron Mountain. It is known as an erect declining dial as it stands vertically at an exact right angle with the surface of the earth... and does not face directly south but is tilted towards the east with a declination of 4 degrees, 20 minutes.' It has an Equation of time chart and shows the days of the months as well. Directions are to 'Add minutes shown for each day to obtain Eastern Standard Time.' The tower and adjacent sanctuary were dedicated by Calvin Coolidge, President of the United States, February 1, 1929.
 
 
Swarthmore Pennsylvania USA Vertical Decliner Dial 35
Modern design for a vertical dial declining 20.5? east on a brick wall. The gnomon is a twisted sheet of bronze, casting shadows onto granite hour marks. The dial was designed by Marti Cowan using Waugh's formulae for vertical dials. Frederick Orthlieb, professor and chair of the Dept of Engineering at Swarthmore "had a part in locating the bent-plate gnomon so as to give correct indications on the vertical wall? As installed, the gnomon's indicating edge (which lies on a Polar Axis) casts a quite short shadow in Autumn and Winter and requires some observing skill to make a close estimate of indicated time, but in Spring and Summer the longer shadow moves over the granite hour marks very plainly."
 
 
Washington District of Columbia USA Horizontal Dial 34
A cathedral landmark. 6 foot rectangular crypt with a 2 foot circular horizontal dial in bronze. Adjoining the dial is a cross noon marker that casts its shadow onto the crypt with major Christian holidays marked through the year. Gnomon has a folded shape of 2 cm width but the hour lines form only one dial center although the space at noon gap is 1 cm.
 
 
Westport Connecticut USA Vertical Dial 33
Vertical dial 10 ft. x 12 ft painted on a garage door facing the sea. Base of the gnomon is in the form of a sextant. Any information on the exact location of this dial? Was referenced in Mayall's book on sundials.
 
 
Watertown Connecticut USA Vertical Dial 32
Norman Bliss, who reported this dial, taught astronomy at Taft School for many years. He challenged students to find this abstract dial. The dial no longer exists and was destroyed when the building was demolished.
 
 
Stamford Connecticut USA Vertical Dial 31
Vertical dial designed by R. Newton Mayall. Sailing ship in background. Longitude, latitude and declination given on face. Built in 1954.
 
 
New Haven Connecticut USA Vertical Dial 30
Vertical dial on Sterling Library. Rectangular stone with hour lines and Arabic numbers. Gnomon is a plain rod emanating from a sunburst. Stonework shows it to be built into the wall of the library.
 
 
Mystic Connecticut USA Armillary Dial 29
This armillary dial with a sailing ship weather vane is on the cover photo of Albert Waugh's book "Sundials - Their Theory and Construction" (paperback edition). The dial sits atop a short stone platform outside of the Treworgy Planetarium, on the grounds of the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, CT. To correct solar time to clock time, the dial has an Equation of Time table at the base. The armillary sphere underwent a restoration in the summer of 2015, removing corrosion, repainting the dial structure and equatorial band, and re-stencilling the longitude degree markings.