Waterbury clock tower

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  1. tomvaughn

    tomvaughn Registered User

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    Today was such a great experience... I climbed the Waterbury clock tower! for anyone that has driven through Waterbury in your lifetime, you have seen this clock. The original works are at the front door of the Republican American, you dont even need to enter the building to see it. The tower stretches 240-245 feet tall! (73m). The climb took 318 stairs! The aluminum numerals on the dial are 5 feet high! I believe it is, (or was) the largest clock in new england. The tower is strictly private, and it was a great honor to visit- the original clock movement was an E Howard movement, it's actually the largest E Howard movement I have ever seen. Today was especially windy out, and by the time I reached the clock dial, the tower was making a fantastic howling noise that remained constant. The new movement had to be replaced with a motor, but I dont blame the workers for having to climb 300 stairs to the movement! Back in the 1990's the newspapers machine worker found the clock movement stored in the basement and decided to fix it up. Another great characteristic i noticed in the tower is that every person who worked on the clock signed their name on the bricks, one of my favorite is the names of people who signed the top most bricks in 1909, the year the tower was completed, these could have been workers who built the tower. The tower is based off of a tower called the "Torre del Mangia" in Sienna Italy, if you look up this tower you will see the similarities! This is the tallest building in Waterbury, The GIANT bell in the belfry isnt actually heard throughout the city, it is heard on the hills surrounding the valley for miles away, Due to the height of the tower, the sound only goes outward! not down to the city below. I think such a well known local landmark should earn a place on the tower, monumental, and street clocks of the world! Enjoy the pictures-
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  2. gvasale

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    You must have had one heck of a time there. That movement, a timepiece, looks to be identical to the one in city hall in Worcester, Ma. I've seen the tower up close, but not inside, when theTime Expo program was there. Springfield Ma, also has a massive tower, but I can't tell you which is taller.
     
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    Here is the dial on the torre del Mangia clock. Taken from the book "Orologi da Torre Storici Della Provincia di Siena," by Renzo Giorgetti. It's a one-handed clock.

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