In Maplewood, New Jersey there is a high school, Columbia Sr High School, founded in 1885. In 1927 the school hired architect James Betelle to design and build a 7 story clock tower complete with bell, organ, and a clock with which to run 4 dials on the sides of the tower. This morning, after a great deal of research and scheduling, I finally managed to finally get a glimpse at what I had assumed to be a completely broken-down and neglected E. Howard tower clock. My goal was to find a clock to research and write about on my blog. Lo and behold, I can see where it has been oiled in the not-so-distant past, and some of the electrical wiring seems fairly new (for example, the lightbulbs are set to a new-looking timer to turn on at night and backlight the 4 faces). I am an amateur but could find no broken parts. Overall it is in surprisingly good condigtion. From what I can tell, just after installation it was changed from a weight-driven clock to an electric motor-driven clock, though the motor is currently not running. I have attached a few pictures of the clock, which I assume to be a No. 3 Striker. So what's the problem here... well, what do I do about this find? Part of me wants to start lobbying for a grant to restore the clock. A more pragmatic part of me wants to remove the movement from the tower and put it on display elsewhere in the school, and install a mechanical clock to run the dials in the tower (after all, it's a shame that the tower clock doesn't actually tell time). On display it wouldn't necessarily have to run at all, but it could be cleaned and a tower clock movement is certainly something to behold. So I'm opening this up to comments - what do you think? Is fixing and maintaining a tower clock just too unlikely for a public school to maintain? To get the faces on the tower to tell actual time would be lovely. I have attached some pictures. All comments and questions welcome!