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 on September 24 is at a new location.

Please note, our new location is: Knights of Columbus, 1800 South 92nd Street, West Allis, WI 53214. There is ample parking in their lot. The hall is very similar in amenities. Come join us for the September meeting and see our new location. Also note the dates have already been assigned for 2018, and November 2017’s meeting has a new date, see Events Page.

Robert Olney is going to do a presentation at the September 24th meeting on collecting American Military Clocks of WWII.

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

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