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 the full dial listing and images. To see sundials from a particular state or province, you may click on the list at right to see all registered sundials in that state, province or country (at bottom) displayed in city order.

You may also type into the NASS search field at upper right any search word such as "equatorial" to get a list of all articles mentioning equatorial dials and a list of all equatorial sundials in the registry. (Try other dial types: "vertical", "horizontal", etc).

 
 
Albuquerque New Mexico USA Sun Alignment Dial 723
An 8x36 inch polar noon meridian dial of wood and steel pipe. The dial face is inclined at the latitude angle and the shadow-casting 36-inch gnomon pole is perpendicular to the dial face, pointing at the local meridian on the celestial equator. The gnomon pole shadow shows the declination of the sun, with the shadow extending below the gnomon in spring and summer, and above the gnomon in fall and winter. Short rods at the tip of the gnomon cast a cross-shaped shadow on the dial face, marking the date on the nail head analemma on the dial face. At local noon the gnomon shadow is vertical; the face and gnomon size are selected to allow the shadow to always fall on the dial face at noon throughout the year. On the equinoxes, the cross shadow bisects the gnomon base. This dial is on private property but may be seen from the public sidewalk. For closer inspection, the owner may be contacted.
 
 
Kearney Nebraska USA Horizontal Dial Dial 722
A 32 inch diameter bicolored Coconino sandstone horizontal dial with hour, half and quarter hour marks and Arabic hour numerals showing DST with longitude correction. The large noon gap is marked, High Noon. Dial face has carved time ribbon with inlayed brass balls on quarter hours. Gnomon sides show carved sunface and moonface. Dial is placed on a cast concrete pedestal approximately 20 inches high.
 
 
Punta Gorda Florida USA Horizontal Dial Dial 721
A monumental sculpture of steel and stone including a 12 foot diameter horizontal dial with six foot high gnomon. Stone dial face includes hour markers and Roman hour numerals. Titled Spirit of Punta Gorda, the sculpture is dedicated to the spirit of the people of Punta Gorda in the aftermath of Hurricane Charlie on August 13, 2004. Two nearby bronze plaques identify and dedicate the sculpture.
 
 
Youngstown Ohio USA Equatorial Dial Dial 720
A nearly 10 foot high steel equatorial dial with a 30 inch diameter stainless steel hour ring including cut-out diamonds for hour and half-hour marks and Roman hour numerals. The hour ring can be adjusted for EST or EDST and can be set to include longitude correction. The mild steel sculpture has naturally weathered. Located outside the YSU Ward Beecher Planetarium, the dial is dedicated to the memory of Richard Pirko, long-time planetarium engineer and show producer, whose dream was to have a sundial outside the planetarium. A nearby bronze plaque dedicates the dial.
 
 
Burlington Vermont USA Equatorial Dial Dial 719
A 6-1/2 foot tall, 4 foot diameter helical cylinder equatorial dial of self-weathering COR-TEN steel plate. The 2 foot long beveled edges of the two ends of the helix serve as gnomons, casting shadows for standard time and daylight saving time onto the interior surface. Time is indicated by the dominant shadow, top in summer and bottom in winter. Hour marks are shallow bored holes in the interior surface; no numerals are present but the noon mark is indicated by two small adjacent holes. The helical curved edges allow shadows to fall on the interior surface throughout the year as solar declination varies. An adjacent bronze plaque describes the dial and gives an EOT and longitude correction graph. Dial is supported by a curved COR-TEN steel plate allowing some springy motion.
 
 
Charleston South Carolina USA Horizontal Dial Dial 718
A weathered 10 by 15 inch oval marble horizontal dial with bronze gnomon. Dial face has hour lines with Roman numerals showing standard time. Dial sits atop a concrete pedestal with two steps at base. Pedestal has insets on faces, one of which carries a marble plaque with barely readable inscription.
 
 
Havana Havana Cuba Vertical Dial Dial 717
A carved stone, south-facing vertical dial with polar-pointing gnomon, hour lines and Roman hour numerals. The construction date of 1817 is prominently shown at the top of the dial. This is a historic Cuban sundial, known at the "dean of Cuban sundials" and referenced in "This is Cuba, Things of My Country."
 
 
Kelowna British Columbia Canada Equatorial Dial Dial 716
An approximately 18 inch diameter equatorial dial of brushed aluminum and stainless steel with painted steel equatorial and meridian supports. Hour lines and Arabic hour numerals are marked on dial face and a bow string gnomon is tensioned by the meridian arc, which is adjustable for latitude and provided with a marked scale. Meridian arc is supported on a 3-inch diameter steel pole fixed in concrete.
 
 
Kaneohe Hawaii USA Horizontal Dial Dial 715
the original 12 inch diameter bronze horizontal dial has been replaced with a large armillary. The bronze meridian ring is approximately 24-inch in diameter. The equatorial band is about 4-inches wide with Roman numerals marking the hours. The gnomon is a traditional arrow rod. The dial base is approximately 12-inches in diameter with the zodiac names, pictograph, and symbols surrounding the dial. The dial base rests on a square pedestal of mortared stone .
 
 
Nassau Bay Texas USA Horizontal Dial Dial 714
A cast concrete horizontal dial with a rugged steel water pipe gnomon. Dial face has hour and half hour marks with Roman hour numerals showing CDST and a compass rose with dial coordinates. A graph marked in the concrete shows EOT correction.
 
 
Oro Valley Arizona USA Compound Dial Dial 713
A massive, 24 foot tall combination almost-vertical and calendrical dial facing southwest so that northeast bound traffic can easily view the dial. The 13 foot diameter vertical ring dial of welded, zinc-coated steel declines 45? west and reclines 12? from vertical. The 3 inch diameter, 20 foot long polar-pointing gnomon tube is supported in space by a 10 inch diameter support tube with a cone nodus on the bottom end. The vertical dial shows longitude-corrected MST with hour and half-hour marks and Arabic numerals on the outer stainless steel chapter ring. The calendrical dial solar noon line is a bronze plaque atop a triangular, fin-shaped concrete pedestal and inclined at the latitude angle, allowing the equinox mark to be in the center of the date line with the indicating shadow cast by the cone nodus on the bottom of the gnomon support tube. Other significant dates indicated include the solstices, date of dial dedication, date of Oro Valley incorporation and the date of Arizona statehood. As of July, 2012 the date line of the calendrical dial remains fully designed but incomplete and uninstalled so this portion of the dial is not functional. Dialist John Carmichael reports this is the most difficult and complex project he has designed. The dial base is a modern sculpture of welded steel plates by artist Jon Seeman. This 10,600 pound monumental dial was three years in design and fabrication.
 
 
Bowie Maryland USA Vertical Dial Dial 712
The Bowie Portal Dial is a 48x66 inch vertical dial of frosted glass atop two 15 foot tall steel beams. The dial face has bronze filigreed hour lines, Roman hour numerals and a supported bronze gnomon. The translucent glass allows the dial time to be read from both sides. At ground level the two steel beams are surrounded by steel benches covered in granite and form a portal with the silhouette of playing children cut of brass sheet riveted to the stainless steel base. The 11 foot wide base depicts running horses cut in brass and sits atop a 16 foot diameter compass rose. The base includes a plaque with the EOT.
 
 
Tucson Arizona USA Vertical Dial Dial 711
An 84x47 inch vertical dial declining 18? east of south on the outside wall of a private residence. Roman hour numerals are on 8 inch square hand-painted ceramic tiles. The gnomon and support are welded wrought iron painted black. A hand painted EOT graph is shown on a matching ceramic tile. This is a historic home designed by southwestern architect Josias Joesler. Homeowner found original architectural drawings showing a gnomonically-flawed sundial that was never installed and contacted John Carmichael to design this accurate new dial.
 
 
South Bend Indiana USA Compound Dial Dial 710
A combination horizontal dial with nodus on its gnomon and a meridian projection dial located below. Horizontal dial face is 44 inches diameter and made of polished Chinese gabbro basaltic rock, reflecting clouds overhead and gnomon shadow, which shows location of solar noon on gnomonic projection map of the world on dial face. Gnomon is supported by curved triangular bronze arches. Gnomon nodus shadow shows location on map where sun is directly overhead while solstice and equinox lines indicate date. Hour markers show EDST by Roman numerals with ten minute increments by Arabic numerals and marks for one minute. Dial is supported on an octagonal limestone pedestal with French Gothic cathedral window design allowing viewing of meridian dial date line. Meridian dial is placed below the octagonal limestone pedestal whose French Gothic cathedral window design allows the noon date line to be seen. The date line is illuminated only at noon by sunlight passing through a slit orifice that extends 2/3 the way up the pedestal wall, indicating dates between summer and winter solstice by the end of the end of the bar of light. The entire combination dial sits on a plaza inlaid with three types of granite to form a 32 foot diameter compass rose, with sunrise and sunset times shown for sixteen dates special to Notre Dame University.
 
 
Winston-Salem North Carolina USA Analemmatic Dial Dial 709
A 23.5 foot major axis analemmatic dial with a 10 foot tall movable steel vertical gnomon. Hours are marked by numerals on solar-powered lamps on the ellipse at the perimeter bush line. The concrete dial face consists of an 8 foot dais that displays the EOT and hosts a handsome gargoyle. This private dial is available for viewing by contacting the owner.
 
 
Salem Oregon USA Horizontal Dial Dial 708
A 14 inch square California granite horizontal dial with a bronze gnomon with hour and half-hour marks and Roman numerals showing PST. Dial face is engraved with the Class Year 1916 and the motto Audacity, Sagacity, Holiness and Charity. The gnomon may have been replaced since originally installed. The dial is atop a gray granite pedestal integral to the dial itself. The June 8, 1916 Collegian university newspaper provided this: "In presenting the sundial to the university, Walter Gleiser, president of the class, gave a forceful speech in which he portrayed the never-failing accuracy of the instrument's function, believing that it would be of use to the community, and that it should symbolize the good that students of Willamette should be to the world."
 
 
Stevenson Washington USA Equatorial Dial Dial 707
An approximately four foot diameter equatorial ring dial of natural stone and steel with an analemmic gnomon. Equatorial ring has hour and 15 minute marks with Arabic numeral for PST and PDT. A plaque indicates how to read the shadow of the gnomon, shows primary directions and identifies the dial designer. Plaque includes an analemma showing the equinoxes and solstices and states the dial is accurate within 2 minutes year around. Since the dial includes an analemmic gnomon, no application of EOT correction is needed.
 
 
Savannah Georgia USA Armillary Sphere Dial 706
A six foot diameter armillary sphere of steel and bronze with equatorial, meridian, equinoctial colure, ecliptic, Arctic and Antarctic rings. Equatorial ring has Roman hour numerals but no hour marks and includes gold plated Zodiacal symbols on exterior of ring. The sphere base is supported on the backs of cast tortoises atop a 3 foot high square marble pedestal. This dial is located under a heavy canopy of trees and likely never gets direct sunlight today.
 
 
Savannah Georgia USA Horizontal Dial Dial 705
A 10 inch round bronze horizontal dial on an octagonal stone atop a 3 foot high brick pedestal. The pedestal is in the center of a 10 foot square stone area raised about 6 inches. Dial face has Roman numerals, hour lines, five minute marks and a central compass rose. This dial is located under a heavy canopy of trees and likely never gets direct sunlight today. Surrounding plaques read, "In the center of this square the early colonists placed a sundial" and "Erected by the society of colonial wars in the state of Georgia Feb 1933 in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the founding of Georgia.
 
 
New Albany Indiana USA Vertical Dial Dial 704
A 15 foot wide vertical dial declining 35 deg east of south on the brick face of a commercial building. Dial face has Roman numerals without hour lines.
 
 
Kannapolis North Carolina USA Horizontal Dial Dial 703
A large horizontal cast concrete dial on a brick patio. Dial face includes hour lines and Roman numerals. Dial is dedicated as a tribute to the men and women of Kannapolis who died while serving in the US armed forces.
 
 
Hanover Vermont USA Vertical Dial Dial 702
A four foot octagonal dial painted on the south wall of Shattuck Observatory. Dial face has hour lines with 15 minute marks and Roman numerals. Dial need repainting.
 
 
Hagerstown Maryland USA Horizontal Dial Dial 701
A 16 inch octagonal bronze horizontal dial with hour lines and Arabic numerals. Dial face includes boldly raised representations of five different flowers identified by botanic names. Original gnomon has been replaced. Dial is placed atop an octagonal concrete pedestal with stone base.
 
 
Gettysburg Pennsylvania USA Horizontal Dial Dial 700
A hexagonal bronze horizontal dial located on the rear lawn of the Eisenhower National Historical Site. The dial was a gift of the Radio and Television Correspondents Association. Dial face includes hour lines with Roman hour numerals and the inscription Tempus Fugit. The dial and a small plaque are mounted on a 120 mm artillery shell.
 
 
Gettysburg Pennsylvania USA Horizontal Dial Dial 699
An elaborate gold-colored horizontal dial located on the front lawn of the Eisenhower National Historical Site. The dial was a gift of the National Watch and Clock Collectors. Dial face includes hour lines with Roman hour numerals and a poetic verse describing time.
 
 
Farmington Utah USA Horizontal Dial Dial 698
A 20x18 inch sandstone horizontal dial with a 4 inch work-hardened copper gnomon. Dial face has hour lines with Arabic numerals. The hour lines and spiral sun symbol were hand carved using techniques and natural basalt stone tools used to create ancient Native American petroglyphs found in the southwest USA. An ogham character representing the designer's initials is carved in the lower left. Dial is placed on a welded steel pedestal with laser cut images typical of petroglyphs found in Utah. Dial pedestal is welded steel with laser cut images of petroglyphs typical of those in Utah. Dial is located in the back yard of a private residence. Viewing can be arranged by contacting the owner by email at theoperativemason@gmail.com
 
 
Dundas Ontario Canada Vertical Dial Dial 697
A 38 inch diameter porcelain on steel vertical dial declining 14.73 west of east with a nodus on the gnomon using a 7/8-inch diameter brass ball. The dial face shows Arabic hour numerals, solstice and equinox seasonal lines and a solar noon mark at 1:19:51 PM. The dial is corrected for longitude but has no Equation of Time plaque. It is not know why the street was named Sundial Crescent but, living there, the owners wanted a sundial.
 
 
Colorado Springs Colorado USA Obelisk or Vertical Gnomon Dial 696
A point-in-space or nodus dial with a 65 foot diameter dial face with seasonal markers extending nearly 150 foot wide due to uneven terrain. Time and date are indicated by the shadow of the tip of the 15 foot high curved gnomon. The dial is made of concrete, steel angle, cast iron and Breeze Stone, a compacted crushed stone. Roman hour numerals are cast iron, cast by students at The Colorado Springs School. The dial was designed and built by students, alumni and faculty of the school over a five year period. Provision is made for 60 stone date markers, set to indicate dates of significance to the school calendar.
 
 
South Burlington Vermont USA Sun Alignment Dial 695
A calendrical dial sculpture of light beams projected onto the crushed stone surface of a 60 foot diameter meditative labyrinth. Two cylindrical focusing mirrors are located atop 10 foot poles and project short bars of sunlight that wander around the labyrinth but intersect on the equinoxes and winter solstice to form a cross at the center of the labyrinth at solar noon.
 
 
Burlington Vermont USA Reflective Equatorial Dial 694
A 40 inch tall, helical, lens focusing projection equatorial dial of bronze and glass. A sliding time scale adjusts for longitude, DST and EOT. Cylindrical focusing mirrors project a sharply focused band of light on the inside of the helical time scale. This is a Precision Sundials Renaissance sundial.
 
 
Burlington Vermont USA Equatorial Dial Dial 693
An approximately 30-inch diameter equatorial dial of painted steel with a sandblasted stainless steel dial plate. Dial face has two hour circles showing EST and EDST with Arabic numerals. Longitude correction is not included and there is no EOT information provided.
 
 
Burlington Vermont USA Analemmatic Dial Dial 692
This Circles of Peace dial is a combination calendrical and analemmatic design consisting of fourteen 5 to 10 foot high granite stones in a 43 foot diameter circle oriented to align with sunset on the solstices, equinoxes and cross-quarter days. An inner sixteen foot major diameter analemmatic dial includes 12 hour marker stones and a central stone that also shows the directions of sunset on the corresponding major dates. The calendar stone calculations and survey placement was done by NASS member Bill Gottesman.
 
 
Boulder City Nevada USA Vertical Dial Dial 691
A 2x3 foot vertical stained glass dial declining 44.3° west of south permanently located in the living room window of a private residence. Dial has a uniquely attached point-in-space nodus on a perpendicular gnomon secured with a magnet to an embedded steel disk in the glass dial face, preventing damage should the gnomon be struck. Dial face includes hour numerals, half-hour lines, solstice and equinox lines and a solar noon mark. Dial face consists of 210 pieces of glass, 40 feet of lead and zinc came and 20 engraved and hand painted pieces of glass. The frog-shaped perpendicular gnomon can be replaced with a ball-shaped gnomon.
 
 
Auburn Maine USA Obelisk or Vertical Gnomon Dial 690
A Vertical Gnomon Dial painted on an asphalt parking lot using the tip of a vertical light pole as the gnomon. Dial face includes hour lines, solstice and equinox lines and a compass rose showing true north direction. Markings include an analemma on the noon line with monthly marks. The dial is used as a teaching tool with formal lessons for students. The dial was designed using calculations from Naval Observatory.
 
 
Burnaby British Columbia Canada Horizontal Dial Dial 689
A simple horizontal dial with a pipe gnomon in a gravel bed, about 6 feet in diameter. Flush stone hour markers have raised Roman numerals. Unfortunately, several of the hour markers are incorrectly positioned, and moss and weeds partially obscure much of the dial face. Because of the presence of trees all around it, the dial only receives the sun in the middle of the day, and hardly at all in the winter half of the year. A plaque nearby explains that dial was installed to celebrate the opening of Burnaby Lake Park in 1977.
 
 
Wendell Massachusetts USA Vertical Dial Dial 688
A 15x5 foot hammer formed copper vertical dial declining 8? east of south with hour and half hour lines and Roman hour numerals. Gnomon is supported by dual braces. An EOT correction graph is provided and includes the inscription, "For every purpose there is a season" and acknowledgment to Friends of the Library and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
 
 
Vincennes Indiana USA Horizontal Dial Dial 687
a 14 inch diameter cast metal horizontal dial with 15 minute hour lines and Roman hour numerals. Sunrise and sunset times at solstices marked by additional lines. Dial face includes grim reaper figure. Hour lines and gnomon may be designed for different latitude; this may be a commercial dial but it is clever and unrecognized if so. Dial sits on a square tapered marble pedestal with stepped square bases.
 
 
Houston Texas USA Analemmatic Dial Dial 686
A large analemmatic dial of paving stones, square limestone hour posts with Arabic hour numerals and polished granite date line. Hour numerals show Standard Time. Dial has a concrete border around perimeter.
 
 
Terre Haute Indiana USA Horizontal Dial Dial 685
A round bronze horizontal dial with 6 AM to 6 PM hour lines and half-hour lines and Arabic hour numerals. Eight perimeter points and the one central decorative point may represent alignments but no explanation is given. Dial sits on a carved stone column. Base marked 1920 1921 1922 1923.
 
 
Houston Texas USA Sun Alignment Dial 684
A large concrete, paving stone and standing stone calendrical dial with interior labyrinth. Outer ring shows NESW alignments. Four split standing stone portals are aligned for summer and winter solstice sunrise and sunset. An inner ring contains 13 trees representing the 13 cycles of the moon.
 
 
Houston Texas USA Cylindrical Dial Dial 683
A 32 inch partial armillary of anodized aluminum and steel with wide equatorial and horizon rings and with equinoctial colure, Arctic and Antarctic circle rings. The gnomon includes an aperture to project a solar image on the wide equatorial ring, which includes EOT corrections, graphic for date determination and Zodiacal symbols. Reverse of gnomon aperture includes the university crest. Horizon ring graphic shows time of sunrise/sunset throughout the year. Dial is partially shaded by surrounding trees. Dial sits on an approximately 4 foot high polished granite pedestal
 
 
Sidney British Columbia Canada Armillary Sphere Dial 682
A 20 inch diameter brass armillary sphere with equatorial, meridian and equinoctial colure rings. Gnomon has two nodus balls that may show solar position at solstices. Equatorial ring has 15-minute marks and Arabic hour numerals. The dial alignment needs adjustment for its current location.
 
 
Columbus Ohio USA Cylindrical Dial Dial 681
A cast bronze equatorial dial with inscribed analemma EOT figures on each hour line. Equatorial ring is a spherical segment. Arabic numerals mark Standard Time. Gnomon is missing. Dial sits atop a fluted Roman column on square base.
 
 
Ridgecrest California USA Analemmatic Dial Dial 679
A 20x15 foot axis analemmatic dial built of cement hour posts, metal markers and tile and lava rock on the high desert floor outside the museum building.
 
 
League City Texas USA Equatorial Dial Dial 678
A small ornate bronze equatorial dial with Roman numeral hours marked on inside of equatorial ring and Zodiacal signs on back side and also on base of dial. Dial is places on a flagstone and cement pedestal.
 
 
Fort Wayne Indiana USA Horizontal Dial Dial 677
A 15 foot diameter stone and cement horizontal dial with a painted steel gnomon. 6 AM to 6 PM hour markers have Arabic numerals. Interior area of dial is filled with crushed rock. A plaque provides EOT and longitude corrections and instructions. This dial was an Eagle Scout project built for this elementary school for use in science lesson plans. Dial sits within a two-course stone perimeter pedestal.
 
 
Burnsville North Carolina USA Vertical Dial Dial 676
The Quilt Block Sundial, an 8x8 foot painted wood nearly-south facing vertical dial with a steel gnomon rod. Dial face consists of a bold quilt block pattern and includes Arabic hour numerals for local solar time, EST and EDT. Hour lines are corrected for longitude and EOT correction is provided by the profile of purple hills along the bottom of the dial. The star map at the top of the dial represents the starry sky at the first sunrise over the newly formed Yancy County on December 29, 1833. The dial declines 3deg west of south. A 3 foot thick steel frame locates dial away from wall to clear roof overhang.
 
 
Columbus Indiana USA Vertical Dial Dial 675
An approximately 10 x12 foot brick and stainless steel south-facing dial atop a 50 foot tower. This resembles an actual vertical dial but has a horizontal gnomon rather than a polar-pointing gnomon. The hour lines verify against ZW2000 software calculated angles for a due south dial but are non-functional with a horizontal gnomon. Dial face includes hour lines for 6 AM to 2 PM but no numerals. It's more sculpture than sundial.
 
 
Columbus Indiana USA Horizontal Dial Dial 674
A 10 foot diameter horizontal dial of concrete, stainless steel and brick. The gnomon is a massive concrete structure and the Arabic hour markers are inset in the concrete dial face, which serves as a bench.
 
 
Clear Lake Shores Texas USA Armillary Sphere Dial 673
An approximately four foot diameter ring equatorial dial of painted steel with Roman numeral hour marks and a long double-bar steel gnomon. Ring is sagging somewhat at base support, perhaps from being climbed upon.