Spot a Clock: Merrill Hall Sundial, UW-Milwaukee

This month’s ‘Spot a Clock’ is Merrill Hall, located at 2512 East Hartford Avenue in Milwaukee. Merrill Hall, along with Holton, Johnston, and Sabin Halls, comprise the Milwaukee-Downer Quad on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus.

The buildings were constructed between 1897 and 1904 to form Milwaukee-Downer College. This college merged with Lawrence University in 1964, and its Milwaukee campus was purchased by the University of Wisconsin. The buildings were designed by Milwaukee architect Alexander Eschweiler. The distinct red brick buildings are examples of Collegiate Gothic architecture, and are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

A unique feature of Merrill Hall is its beautiful wrought vertical direct south sundial. While the building currently houses faculty offices and historically housed classrooms, art studios, offices and a bookstore while part of Milwaukee-Downer College, its east tower housed an observatory with a 5-inch equatorial-mounted telescope.
The sundial may have been added to the building to reinforce this astronomical connection.

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The Mart will be on November 19th, at the Knights of Columbus

I hope everyone enjoyed the new location, it is: Knights of Columbus, 1800 South 92nd Street, West Allis, WI 53214. Everything went well and I heard the coffee was good.

Thanks to Robert Olney for his talk at the September meeting. His talk was on World War II ships clocks. He discussed that most of the ships clocks for the US were made by two different manufactures, Chelsea and Seth Thomas. While the clocks are similar there are many variances between the manufactures. Robert brought along many examples for us to see. Thanks for enlightening us about these clocks.

Brad Smith is going to do a presentation at the November 19 meeting on the Rolling Ball Clock he built.

We need presentations for upcoming meetings. If you have any suggestions or would like to do a presentation please contact Harry Schulz.

We will be having a board meeting after the presentation to discuss future chapter ideas. Please pass along any ideas you may have to me or any officers or board members.

Thank you,
Craig White

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