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North American Sundial Society

Urbana  

Sundial: 289
State/Province:  Illinois Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  
  Latitude and Longitude: 40° 5.875' N  88° 12.974' W
Location:
  • Univ. of Illinois
    East garden of President's house
    SE corner of S Lincoln Ave and W Florida Ave, Urbana City, Urbana
 
Description:
  • Horizontal dial 14 inches diameter, with 5 inch tall gnomon. Sits on stone pedestal 40 x 40 x 42 inches.
    LAT. 40° 6' 40" marked on the dial plate is not the local latitude 40° 05' 52". Roman hour numerals from 4 am to 8 pm, one mark for every 15 minutes. EOT with meridian correction included is shown by using 4 concentric circles. Gift of Class 1906.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: University of Illinois
  • On base. S Side: Class/ of/ 1906; E Side: Make/ the passing shadow/ serve thy will; N Side: Amiddst ye flowres/ I tell ye howres; W Side: Take tent o' time/ ere time be tent
  • Designer: Joseph McCoy
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: 1906
 
References:
  • IAPS Listing, May 95
    Illinois Alumni News, Dec 1, 1941, p. 15. 'Class of '06 Meet Members at their Sundial' pg.15

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