PHOTO OPP: Finishing Touches Put on Historic Clock Monday

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Release dated: 
May 9, 2014
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Tom Pfannenstiel • Historic Fort Snelling • 612-725-2430

PHOTO OPP: Finishing Touches Put on Historic Clock Monday

Upper Post

WHAT: Following a refurbishment, the tower clock from Building 67, the original Upper Post Headquarters, will be reassembled on site at the Historic Fort Snelling Visitor Center where it will remain on display until the renovation of Building 67 is completed.

WHERE: Historic Fort Snelling Visitor Center

MEDIA VIEWING: Members of the media can watch the reassembly process on Monday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

PUBLIC VIEWING: The restored and operating clock will be on display at the Historic Fort Snelling Visitors Center with the internal mechanisms visible for public viewing beginning Memorial Day Weekend.

BACKGROUND:

Constructed in 1879, Building 67 -- the Clock Tower Building -- is the oldest building and the centerpiece of Fort Snelling Upper Post. Its clock is an early Seth Thomas/Hotchkiss #16 two train tower clock, which is significant for its location and provenance at Fort Snelling, as well as being one of few nationwide with original paint and in original condition, and as one of few tower clocks left in Minnesota of this caliber, vintage and originality.

A $40,000 National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express Foundation Partners in Preservation Grant was awarded to Hennepin County and the Minnesota DNR to fund the restoration of this rare tower clock. This grant paid for refurbishment of the existing clock (hands, numbers, bell, mechanism, drives, linkages, face-glazing, trim, etc.) for the three-faced clock. The Friends of Fort Snelling were key partners in obtaining this grant.

Hennepin County retained The Tower Clock Company, located in South Charleston, Ohio to remove, disassemble and refurbish the clock and make it fully operational.

This project is one of the first actions of the newly formed Fort Snelling Joint Powers Agreement whose members include the State of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Historical Society, Hennepin County, U.S. National Park Service and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

Written by Patrick Connoy, Hennepin County and Chuck Liddy, Miller Dunwiddie Architecture.