Mendota Heights  

Sundial: 1070
State/Province:  Minnesota Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 44° 52.130' N  93° 08.018' W
  • Visitation School
    2455 Visitation Dr
    Mendota Heights

    Visitation School, also known as Visitation or Vis, is an independent, all-girls, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory school.

    Sundial on campus in the garden, only available through the school. To arrange a visit call 651-683-1705 or
  • This brass horizontal sundial was donated to the school in or around 1908 by the Visitation School class of 1908. It was moved from St. Paul MN to Mendota Heights, MN in 1966 when the school was relocated. In the spring of 2018 it was moved to a protected garden, but sits on the original 1908 pedestal 3 foot (1m) tall and 18 inches (46cm) square. The original dedication engraved into the pedestal is still plainly visible. The dial itself is approximately 12 inches ( 30 cm) in diameter with raised hour lines on the circumference and raised Roman numeral hour marks on the interior from 6am to 6pm. The dial is in excellent condition, but in 2017 a new brass gnomon was cast as a replacement for the missing simple triangular gnomon. The new 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide gnomon is in the shape of a crescent moon. Although aligned with the noon line, this gnomon will never cast a shadow. telling correct time. It is sad that this 114 year old sundial has been reduced to nothing more than an artistic sculpture.
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Visitation School
  • On Dial in raised capital letters:
    Tempus Fugit (Time Flees)

    On Base:
    Morning and Afternoon
    Come and Go
    We Go With Them
    Class of 1908

    On Plaque:
    Restored in 2017 by the Class of 1967, the first class to graduate from Mendota Heights, in honor of their 50th anniversary and the Covent of the Visitation at 720 Fairmount in Saint Paul
  • Designer: unknown
  • Builder: unknown
  • Construction Date: circa 1908
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Last Revised: 2022-08-21 18:08