Spot a Clock: Basilica of St. Josaphat, Milwaukee

This month’s ‘Spot a Clock’ is the Basilica of St. Josaphat, located at 620 West Lincoln Avenue in Milwaukee. The surrounding St. Josaphat parish was founded in 1888, and named in honor of a Polish Archbishop. The original parish church, which was more modest than the current structured, was destroyed by a fire in 1889. The pastor hired Erhard Brielmaier to design a new church that would reflect St. Peter’s in Rome, especially its pronounced dome.

During the design stage, the pastor learned that the Chicago Post Office and Custom House was to be demolished, so he purchased the building for $20,000. The building was dismantled and shipped to Milwaukee by rail, and the materials were stored across the street. Brielmaier revised his plans to in-corporate the salvaged materials. Ground was broken in 1896, and the church was completed in 1901. At the time, only the U.S. Capitol building had a larger dome.

The term ‘basilica’ is reserved by the Catholic Church for very special churches. In 1929, St. Josaphat became only the third basilica in the United States.
Four clock dials are spaced evenly around the circumference of the dome. The dials were driven by a Schwalbach movement, located in the southeast tower of the basilica.
The clocks are currently electrified, but portions of the original movement are still present.
The movement continues to provide transfer gears to operate the three bells located one floor above the clock.

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Can you guess the location of the clock to the left? The answer will be posted at the November meeting, by the coffee. If you would like to suggest a clock for the newsletter’s ‘Spot a Clock’, please contact Ed Buc at the Chapter meetings or by email.

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Chapter 47’s Meeting Location Has Changed

Norway House has cancelled our contract as they are selling the building and the new owners are not interested in renting.  I have found a new location that is similar in size and not too far from our old location.  The facility is very nice and compatible with the things we do at our meetings.  Rent is the same but they will make the coffee and do setup and take down which will be nice.
New Location is:
Knights of Columbus, 1800 South 92nd Street, West Allis, WI 53214
Hours: 8:00 Mart setup, 9:00 Mart opens, 10:00 Educational Program
Dates reserved are as follows:
September 24, 2017, same as planned for Norway House
November 19, 2017, new date (different from date on previous schedules)
January 7, 2018
March 18, 2018
May 6, 2018
September 16, 2018
November 18, 2018
Thanks for your understanding,
Craig White
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