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North American Sundial Society

Baltimore  

Sundial: 91
State/Province:  Maryland Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Polyhedral Dial Condition:  Good -- renovated
  Latitude and Longitude: 39° 19.017' N  76° 38.133' W
Location:
  • Druid Hill Park
    Memorial Rose Garden by the greenhouse. Enter from gate at Gwynns Falls Pkwy and SR 129.
 
Description:
  • Bronze on stone. Renovated 1904 and again in 1994 (by George McDowell.). It is a 17-facet hemispherical compendium dial. Has facets calibrated for local solar time for Baltimore, Jeddo [Tokyo], Honolulu, Sitka, Pitcairn Islands, San Francisco, Cape Cod, Rio Jancito, London, Fernano Po, Cape Town, Jerusalem, and Calcutta. Has a polar and vertical dial for Baltimore time. Built in 1892 by Peter Hamilton, 19th C Baltimore stonecutter, became president of the company which supplied granite for the Library of Congress building. Repaired and reset in 1904. Reworked in 1993. The original pedestal remains, consisting of a stone pillar carved to resemble the trunk of a tree.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Baltimore
  • 'SINE UMBRA NIHIL' on equatorial facet. Two other facets list the dates of the dedication and renovations.
  • Designer: Peter Hamilton
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: 1892, renovated 1904, 1994
 
References:
  • George McDowell, 'The Druid Hill Park Polyhedral Dial, NASS Compendium, Vol. 2, No. 2, p.10. June 1995
    National Geographic, Feb 1927.

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