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North American Sundial Society

Sundials of North America

This is a complete listing of sundials in the North American Sundial Society Registry. Click on any dial thumbnail picture or city name to display the full dial listing and images. To see sundials from a particular state or province, you may click on the list at right to see all registered sundials in that state, province or country (at bottom) displayed in city order.

You may also type into the NASS search field at upper right any search word such as "equatorial" to get a list of all articles mentioning equatorial dials and a list of all equatorial sundials in the registry. (Try other dial types: "vertical", "horizontal", etc).

 
 
New York New York USA Calendrical Dial 614
A granite park bench about 30 feet diameter whose bench shelf was designed to cast a shadow indicating time on the equinoxes. Individual curved lines corresponding to the bench shadows mark 10AM, Noon and 2PM. Known as the Waldo Hutchins Bench, the bench includes a second hemicyclium dial above its backrest; refer to Dial 250. Dial alignment may not be accurate.
 
 
Oakland California USA Projection Dial 613
One of Bill Gottesman's unique-design Renaissance dials of cast and structural bronze with a 27 inch diameter helix with a celestial-north aligned axis. Time is told by a focused beam of light that moves around the helix throughout the day. The light beam is reflected from a long cylindrical unsilvered mirror in a structure that supports the helix. A sliding time scale within the helix can be adjusted for EOT and DST and includes longitude correction. Once this scale is adjusted for date, the dial shows civil, or clock, time. The dial base is cast bronze allowing adjustment for latitude and placed on a concrete pedestal.
 
 
Berkeley California USA Armillary Sphere Dial 612
A bronze armillary sphere dial on a quarried stone pedestal. The equatorial ring includes hour lines with 15-minute marks and Roman numerals.
 
 
St. Augustine Florida USA Vertical Dial Dial 611
Approximately 2 x 3 foot vertical painted dial on wall of cathedral. Dial face includes hour lines with Roman numerals and 15 minute marks, and location coordinates. Wall orientation and gnomon alignment not verified.
 
 
Clifton Village Ohio USA Vertical Dial Dial 610
A 35 x 23 inch vertical acrylic painted wood dial. Dial face includes longitude-corrected hour lines with Roman numerals, noon analemma, and equinox and zodiacal declination arcs. The dial is designed for a declination of 1° 18' West of South. Dial nomenclature includes location, declination and time zone offset.
 
 
Wilmington Delaware USA Vertical Dial Dial 609
An 18 x 24 inch cast bronze vertical dial offset from supporting wall by 6.25° to align south. Dial face has hour lines with Arabic numerals and depicts a leaf motif with sun and sun rays and two birds.
 
 
Peoria Illinois USA Horizontal Dial Dial 607
An 18 inch octagonal horizontal dial of cast bronze. The dial face includes hour lines with ten minute marks and Roman numerals. The dial is on an octagonal polished granite pedestal. The bronze gnomon is correctly set at 40? but appears to be more modern than the cast dial face. This is one of two "sister" dials ordered cast by Grant Hood; the second dial was placed at Bradley School of Horology but later disposed and now in private ownership in Lynchburg, Virginia.
 
 
Lexington Kentucky USA Horizontal Dial Dial 606
A 14 foot diameter horizontal dial of granite, marble and limestone with shrubbery delineation in the center of a cul de sac street. The hour lines are shaped to include analemmas to correct for EOT and are adjusted for longitude and DST. The shadow of the tip of the gnomon traces declination lines for solstices and equinoxes.
 
 
St. Louis Missouri USA Analemmatic Dial Dial 605
A child-safe compliant surface analemmatic dial located in a roof garden. The dial face includes hour numerals, cardinal directions and moon phases. A nearby plaque give directions for use.
 
 
Colorado Springs Colorado USA Horizontal Dial Dial 604
A monumental 120 foot diameter horizontal dial of painted concrete with a vertical 12 foot high concrete gnomon. Standard time and DST hour numerals are shown as are solstice and equinox lines. Dial face includes two 6 foot diameter inlaid mosaic maps of the Western and Eastern Hemispheres. The gnomon is a truncated three-sided equilateral pyramid that inclines to the north so that the northern corner is vertical. Two bronze plaques give instructions for reading and equation of time correction. Seen from above, the overall design incorporates a Yin Yang symbol appropriate for this elementary school specializing in teaching Chinese language and culture.
 
 
New York New York USA Horizontal Dial Dial 603
A cast bronze horizontal dial approximately 30 inches diameter. The dial face includes the motto, astrological symbols of the ecliptic with Roman numerals. The 40-inch high cast pedestal sculpture depicts the three muses supporting the dial. This dial is visible from the street in front of the residence.
 
 
Euless Texas USA Equatorial Dial 602
A granite and stainless steel equatorial dial approximately 6 feet high. Equation of time and user information are shown on a granite lab in front of the dial.
 
 
Grand Haven Michigan USA Equatorial Dial 601
A bronze equatorial dial approximately 6 feet high with bowstring gnomon. Hour markings show Daylight Saving Time and are longitude corrected. Dial sits atop a brick plinth.
 
 
Puerto Penasco Sonora Mexico Analemmatic Dial Dial 600
A concrete analemmatic dial set in the El Camaronero Plaza on the Sea of Cortez. The dial is 20 feet E-W across the hour markers. The dateline displays the 1st, 10th and 20th of each month. Dial includes 34 minutes longitude correction. Instructions in Spanish and English are displayed nearby.
 
 
Vail Arizona USA Analemmatic Dial Dial 599
A brass and concrete analemmatic dial set in the Butterfly Garden at Colossal Cave Mountain Park at 3415 feet elevation. The dial is 21 feet E-W across the hour markers. A hand-held rod gnomon 143 inches long includes a bubble level for positioning. There is a modest park use fee to view this dial.
 
 
Omaha Nebraska USA Horizontal Dial Dial 598
A 7.5 foot diameter horizontal dial of water jet cut sheet bronze and cast bronze side molding with a 45 inch high gnomon. Very large Roman numerals show hours from 10 AM to 5 PM in Daylight Saving Time with longitude correction. The bronze dial rests on a short concrete and brick pedestal.
 
 
Burlington Ontario Canada Armillary Sphere Dial 597
A simple steel armillary dial ten feet high overall on a 5x5 foot granite base. The dial is located in front of a building named in honor of William Bunton, a prominent local businessman who died in 1881.
 
 
Toronto Ontario Canada Horizontal Dial Dial 596
A 210 cm diameter horizontal dial of blue granite with a 56 cm high stainless steel gnomon. In addition to showing local time, the declination line that touches the base of the gnomon traces the path of the shadow on June 23 (date of the 1985 Air India terrorist-bomb air crash) and also marks solar noon at the crash site near Akahista, Ireland where there is a similar memorial sundial. Stones forming the pedestal represent all of the Provinces and territories of Canada, and the countries of India, Ireland, Japan and the United States of America.
 
 
Delaware Ohio USA Armillary Sphere Dial 595
A 24 inch diameter stainless steel armillary dial with equator, meridian and horizon rings. The armillary includes compass points and zodiacal symbols. The dial sits atop a 6 foot tall architectural sculpture of four two-columned arches also made of formed and welded stainless steel sheet with a random polished pattern creating dark and bright areas that change as the sun moves across the work. The armillary is held by fingers of a sculpted hand, representative of works by the designer, Alvin Sher, and symbolizing mankind, creativity, knowledge, peace and greeting as well as identity among many other human meanings. The dial sits atop a six foot tall stainless steel architectural sculpture with four pairs of columns with a supporting arch between each pair. The entire sculpture is made of textured and welded sheet up to 3/16 inch thick.
 
 
Louisa Virginia USA Cylindrical Dial 594
An internal cylindrical dial built in a 16 foot diameter, 48 foot tall farm silo now located on a public golf course. The rim of the open top of the silo provides an elliptical shadow line on the inner wall of the silo. This is marked out with red hour lines and black date lines using the low point of the shadow on the wall as the time marker. The artwork has "three panels representing the continuity of man's perceptions of space: past, present, and future. In an abstract sense, the sundial represents the scientific, emotional, and philosophical struggles and triumphs of mankind." Contact Tanyard Country Club Golf Pro Shop at 540-967-1889 to ensure the silo door is open.