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North American Sundial Society

Selected Sundials of North America

This is a selected listing of sundials in the North American Sundial Society Registry. Click on any dial thumbnail picture or city name to display the full dial description with additional information and images.

 

New York

 
Albany New York USA Vertical Dial Dial 497
A beautiful and well preserved vertical dial 40 x 40 inches. The sundial is on the southerly facing wall of Albany City Hall's 202 foot carillon tower, a building on the National Historic Register. The dial is marked with lines every 15 minutes; the hour lines are marked in roman numerals extending from XII in the morning to XII at night. Although the dial is in excellent condition, the gnomon is slightly bent. There is a small "signature" on the lower boarder of the brass plate, "Haight and Clark, Albany NY". Side note: The tower houses the first municipal carillon in the US (1927).
 
 
Binghamton New York USA Horizontal Dial Dial 404
A 20-foot in diameter horizontal dial at ground level made of concrete. Part of the campus plaza. The gnomon is also concrete, approximately 8 inches wide and 5 foot tall. Place for students of SUNY Binghamton University to congregate.
 
 
Brooklyn New York USA Vertical Dial Dial 144
10' H x 7' W x 2' D Wood and stainless steel Entitled 'Sundial and Arches'
 
 
Carona Queens New York USA Equatorial Dial Dial 143
11' H x 18' W x 11' D Bronze on Granite base Entitled 'Crack of Dawn Sundial.' Equatorial type, using a slot of sunlight as the gnomon
 
 
Centerport New York USA Vertical Dial Dial 399
Within the gardens of the museum is a vertical dial constructed as a very colorful wall mural.
 
 
Cohoes New York USA Horizontal Dial Dial 239
12' Bronze 10' Metal dial mounted on marble(?) square atop column. Roman numerals 5AM-7PM. 'Van Schaick Island Golf Club' on dial face above inscription. 'In memory of/ John F. Gaucas/ Who Served as Golf Professional at the/ Van Schaick Island Country Club/ 1944 to 1974' on small granite marker near base of dial.
 
 
Croton-on-Hudson New York USA Horizontal Dial Dial 769
A 13-1/2 foot tall monumental horizontal dial memorial to the victims and responders of the 9/11/2001 World Trade Center terrorist attack. The memorial sundial gnomon is created from an 11000-pound, 14-foot long twisted steel beam once part of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The gnomon is held at an angle of 41 deg 12 minutes by a 16-ton boulder with inset channel to cradle the twisted steel.
 
 
Elmira New York USA Sun Alignment Dial 810
This solar alignment sculpture called the "Sun Triangle" is made of polished 1/8 inch stainless steel. Its leaning, 10 foot tall pedestal gives the mounted triangle a futuristic look of monumental size, where the tip of the triangle towers 34 feet above ground level. The selected triangle angles are described by the dial plaque, making solar alignments at noon on the equinoxes and summer/winter solstices. There are no line markings or hour indicators on the ground. However, the pedestal is bolted to a buried concrete block weighing approximately 16 tons.
 
 
Elmira New York USA Vertical Dial Dial 811
The white concrete dial face with surrounding dark red Arabic hour numbers is approximately 2 foot tall by 4 foot wide. The hour angles are clean grooves in the concrete. All are easily visible from ground level. Most striking is the steel gnomon painted bright yellow with an ornate central cut-out of a triangle symbolizing the trinity.
 
 
Elmira New York USA Sculpture/Artwork Dial 308
Plaster Sundial (sculpture)
 
 
Hamilton New York USA Horizontal Dial Dial 403
A small brass horizontal dial 9 1/2 inches in diameter. Has a compass rose in the center. Hour lines branching to half hour and quarter hour. Roman numerals showing 5am to 7pm. To the south of the gnomon is a graph of the equation of time. Donated to Colgate University by Fred Sawyer. The dial sits upon a rectangular granite column.
 
 
Ionia New York USA Vertical Dial Dial 629
A 16 x 6 foot wood and steel vertical dial on the south wall of the Louis S. Wolk Observatory at the Marion and Max Farash Center for Observational Astronomy. Dial declines 16.3° W of S. Dial displays EDT with longitude correction. Pedestrian and equine access is unrestricted but vehicular traffic is limited to members.
 
 
Ithaca New York USA Equatorial Dial Dial 99
This 650 pound equatorial has an adjustment This setup enables the instrument to read clock time. making this a very precise instrument. The gearing rusted in 1980 and was refurbished: "The heart of the sundial's functionality, a roundish steel disc called a cam, was also replaced with a stainless steel, slightly better-functioning one, connected to an hour and minute scale by small, stainless steel cables via a pair of precisely designed pulleys." Thus the mechanical adjustment compensates the sun's irregular motion called the Equation of Time and shows civil not solar time.
 
 
Ithaca New York USA Horizontal Dial Dial 463
A horizontal sundial made from a an irregular slab of stone approximately 18 x 24 inches. The hour markings are inscribed in the form of an arrow pointing to the 12 o'clock hour and the gnomon is a thin blade. In keeping with the herb garden's design, maker and designer Michael Sweeney used native materials of stone for the dial and pedestal. The dial base was a prized antique millstone of orange granite from a nearby village.
 
 
Long Island New York USA Horizontal Dial Dial 100
A bronze circular horizontal dial about 18 inches in diameter. At the edge of the dial set in concentric rings are the hour lines, half hour lines, quarter hour and five minute marks. Hours are in Roman numerals from 5am to 7pm. Has a thick brass gnomon.
 
 
Macedon New York USA Sun Alignment Dial 408
A cornfield maze for the summer of 2000 at Long Acre Farms. Theme called "Lost in Time" features a number of sundials. The 400 x 500 foot cornfield maze, called the "largest living sundial", is in the form of a smiling sun with 12 corn hedge "rays" from 8 am to 6 pm that align in azimuth to the hour and half hour for Labor Day, 2000. Within each hedge is a vertical pole holding an "Eye of Kala" (an annulus) 12 feet above the ground that casts a spot of light across a hedge clearing at the appointed time to a sign at ground level. At the center of the maze is a horizontal dial with a 12-foot gnomon. This gnomon forms part of the smiling sun's nose when seen from the air. Just outside the corn hinge is an analemmatic sundial for visitors to tell time before going through the hinge. In the hinge, visitors are given a small altitude card dial that tells Eastern Daylight Time from June - Oct. Admission fee.
 
 
Montour Falls New York USA Horizontal Dial Dial 516
A beautiful bronze dial approximately 12 inches long in the shape of a shield. Below the gnomon is a rising sun. On first look, the small dial plate appears backward, with AM and PM hours reversed. However, the inclination of the gnomon is about 48 degrees, suggesting that this pedestal mounted dial is really meant to be a south facing vertical dial! The dial sits atop a circular granite pedestal about 2.5 feet in diameter.
 
 
New York New York USA Vertical Dial Dial 563
A large vertical dial declining east approximately 45? and displaying fanciful furniture. Hour lines are present but are difficult to see; hour numerals are not shown. Summer and winter solstice lines are shown with the winter solstice line near the gnomon foot because of the declination. The curved line shown for the equinox should be straight. Six individual "Cultural Arcs" are positioned at specific time points on the dial face and are accompanied by upstanding dial furniture. Each "Cultural Arc" references distinct and in some cases overlapping cultural traditions and is made from 1/2" sheet aluminum, with a permanent (powder coated) color finish. Each "Cultural Arc" contains symbolic and aesthetic elements reflecting the ebb and flow of migration in the local East Harlem population.
 
 
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.
 
 
New York New York USA Sun Alignment 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.
 
 
New York New York USA Sculpture/Artwork Dial 873
The Sun Triangle is a 50-foot sculpture of polished stainless steel set upon a leaning 20-foot stainless steel pole, creating a futuristic look. The sides of the triangle are aligned such that steepest side points to the sun at noon for the summer solstice at an altitude of 73 degrees at solar noon (12:48pm Daylight Saving Time) while the lower side of the triangle points to the winter solstice at an angle of 26 degrees. The upper side and longest side of the triangle points to the the noonday sun on the spring and fall equinoxes.
 
 
New York New York USA Equatorial Dial Dial 140
A 20' H x 10' W x 5' D Equatorial in Bronze and Stainless Steel. Entitled "Song to the Sun." Dial by Robert Adzema; gift of George and Annette Murphy in 1984.
 
 
New York New York USA Cylindrical Dial Dial 215
A half-cylinder equatorial dial whose body structure is exactly the same as the one (#28) at Trinity College, Hartford, CT, only the pedestal here is lower. Named ?The Camp Columbia Sundial?, a gift of Camp Columbia to memorialize Dean Hennessy (1917-1991).
 
 
New York New York USA Vertical Dial Dial 245
3 x 4 feet bronze vertical declining S 28° W, 30 feet above the street level.
 
 
New York New York USA Armillary Sphere Dial 248
The armillary dial is 30 inches in diameter, built of bronze with a cast stone pedestal. On the outside of equatorial band are golden zodiac signs. Inside the band are roman numerals for hours from 6 am to 6 pm. The dial was vandalized but was refurbished in 2000 and moved a short distance in Parks Dept. renovation. Sal Ton Landscape was the general contractor; Kenneth Lynch & Sons repaired the sundial and made a complete new cast stone fluded base in 2000.
 
 
New York New York USA Horizontal Dial Dial 249
A 10 inch diameter rough brass horizontal dial, painted brown, on a 3 foot cement pedestal. Gnomon is damaged. Roman hour numerals. Dial sits atop a cast stone pedestal about 3 feet high.
 
 
New York New York USA Globe or Hemispheric Dial 250
Granite model of old roman hemicyclium dial with beautiful horizontal bronze gnomon with figure of woman. Hour and date lines may be incorrect. Slightly vandalized and chipped. This dial is a detail of a larger park bench that itself was designed to show time on the equinoxes; refer to Dial 614. The park bench alignment is nominally north but this dial may be misaligned as the Roman hour numbers inscribed on the face run clockwise, incorrect for a south-facing dial. Dial sits atop a large stone park bench.
 
 
New York New York USA Horizontal Dial Dial 251
An 11 inch diameter bronze horizontal dial on a 3 foot pedestal. Tip of gnomon is broken.
 
 
New York New York USA Horizontal Dial Dial 252
Sheet Metal Octagonal. Built by a prisoner. Clipping in envelope #250.
 
 
Palisades New York USA Equatorial Dial Dial 410
An equatorial dial in bronze. Has analemma at the noon hour mark. Lamont-Doherty Sundial Fountain.
 
 
Pelham Manor New York US Vertical Dial Dial 901
This south facing vertical dial is 4x2 feet made of concrete, now slightly brown with age. The graceful gnomon is white-painted metal. Hour numbers in Roman numerals extend from 6am to 6pm without further delineation.
 
 
Pittsford New York USA Vertical Dial Dial 438
This old vertical north facing dial in on the Spring House, constructed circa 1822. The building was an old Erie Canal Inn. The dial is about 48 inches high by 30 inches wide, made of wood and painted with a white boarder. The gnomon is also white painted wood and "looks upside down" because the dial faces north. The dial and gnomon have been repainted several times.
 
 
Port Richmond, Staten Island New York USA Vertical Dial Dial 142
17' H x 11' W x 8' D Painted steel with stainless steel wire cloth Noon mark and analemma features made of concrete and brass.
 
 
Poughkeepsie New York USA Horizontal Dial Dial 412
Small horizontal brass dial, about 12 inches in diameter with classical design. Roman numerals for hours with dots for quarter and half hours. Sits on fluted column about 3 foot high. Beautifully set in the Shakespeare Garden.
 
 
Poughkeepsie New York USA Armillary Sphere Dial 165
Built by Kenneth Lynch & Sons, Wilton CT
 
 
Queens New York USA Sculpture/Artwork Dial 592
A 6 foot diameter bronze sculpture reclined 50° (latitude is 40° 45' N) with slit gnomon and hour marks. Gift of Joan and Richard Scheuer in 2000. More sculpture than sundial, it does have some hour marks but reclines and appears to be out-of-plane.
 
 
Queens New York USA Vertical Dial Dial 409
A 20 foot high x 15 foot wide x 4 foot deep painted aluminum vertical dial entitled '"Winged Shadows." Has declination lines for the solstices and equinoxes. Declines west. On the back wall of the Main Building. Can be viewed from Woodside Ave. Designed by Robert Adzema in 1987.
 
 
Queens New York USA Vertical Dial Dial 246
A vertical dial on the cupola above the main entrance. Declination 70° 12' 04" E. Painted all white so that no hour lines can be seen.
 
 
Queens New York USA Horizontal Dial Dial 247
Paul Manship was commissioned to make the sundial for the 1939 World's Fair in New York. The dial was named "Time and the Fates of Man." Manship wrote, "The Perisphere and Trylon at the World's Fair suggests to me measurements of time and space, so my sundial… relates to the background of the central motif of the Fair." His white plaster sculpture was the biggest sundial in the world, standing 80 feet tall.
 
 
Rochester New York USA Equatorial Dial Dial 60
A large 40 foot equatorial dial. The dial band is about 5 feet wide with raised Roman numerals at each hour mark. The gnomon is a rod approximately 15 feet long, ingeniously suspended by wires at the center of the dial. No shadow of the support wires can be seen, just the line of the gnomon appears on the dial band.
 
 
Saratoga Springs New York USA Horizontal Dial Dial 532
A marble horizontal dial on marble sculpture pedestal. The original bronze Treble Cleft gnomon is now missing.
 
 
Saratoga Springs New York USA Horizontal Dial Dial 304
A horizontal dial 43 feet in diameter, built on a raised circle flower bed raised about 3 feet above the ground. Outside the raised circle the hours are shown by roman numbers are embedded in the walkway. The metal gnomon is approximately 20 feet above ground and is centered in the raised flower bed.
 
 
Saratoga Springs New York USA Armillary Sphere Dial 951
Beautiful iron armillary sundial about 6 feet high. Painted black it has gold Roman numeral hours on the equatorial time band. On the outside of the equatorial band are the twelve zodiac motifs and stars are on the meridian band. The gnomon deviates from the classic arrow, having a gold flange at the base and a spiked orb at the north end.
 
 
Saratoga Springs New York USA Horizontal Dial Dial 954
The beautifully engraved horizontal dial plate is a reproduction of the original 1901 dial. It is inscribed with “Lat 43 degrees 5 N, Long. 73 degrees 46.40 W.” This is at slight variance from the current GPS position, implying that the dial has been moved from its original position. The dial plate is 18 inches in diameter and the gnomon has a vertical height of 8.5 inches. The gnomon and dial plate are aligned at 12 degrees west of true north. Significantly, the compass magnetic declination for this location is 13.5 degrees west of true north. This misalignment makes the dial about 30 minutes fast. This is particularly unfortunate since the inscribed dial is capable of showing time to the nearest minute. The stone table upon which the sundial rests is a reproduction of a table found in the ruins of Pompeii.
 
 
Schenectady New York USA Sculpture/Artwork Dial 322
Sundial in the shape of a Crouching Indian
 
 
Schroon Lake New York USA Horizontal Dial Dial 184
7-sided metal plate, about 9.75" on a side. Bronze. Unusual 7-sided dial plate, Arabic numerals. Hour and half-hour marks on outside rim. Image of bible and cross on plate left of gnomon, and 'Word of Life' on right. (These are the standard logo of the organization.) Fabricated by Colonial Brass Co, Middleboro MA.
 
 
Sparkill New York USA Vertical Dial Dial 145
11' H x 7' W x 2' D. Mosaic tile and bronze Entitled 'Thorpe Village Sundial'
 
 
Stony Point New York USA Horizontal Dial Dial 330
This bronze dial measures 22 inches in diameter, with the gnomon tip 10 inches above the marble dial plate. Hours are marked by Roman numerals, half hours by tics. Dial stis atop a stone and cement base.
 
 
Suffern New York USA Compound Dial Dial 411
Robert Adzema has designed a 10-foot tall, 12-foot long combination equatorial and horizontal dial made out of stainless steel. The equatorial dial has a wide arc showing hours from 6am to 6pm. At the noon hour is a 31-inch analemma illuminated by a 1/4-inch nodus in a rod gnomon. The pedestal holding the dial and rod is designed as the gnomon for an even larger horizontal ground level dial that surrounds the equatorial dial. For this horizontal dial, the hour lines are made of half-inch stainless steel bars are embedded in concrete. An inscription tells how to tell the time.
 
 
Syracuse New York USA Armillary Sphere Dial 382
A 10 foot 2 inch diameter armillary sundial made of black anodized steel. The equatorial band is created by two narrow bands holding in open space 10-inch gold colored Roman numerals to grace each hour from 6am to 6pm. The gnomon is a traditional rod with gold arrow and tail flute. The armillary has arctic and antarctic circles, and a prime vertical that extends only to the horizon circle. The prime meridian has 12 gold flowers spaced every 30 degrees. The dial weighs about 8000 lbs and sits on a small concrete base.
 
 
Watertown New York USA Vertical Dial Dial 442
The vertical dial is on one face of a ornamental rectangular display raised on pole at the edge of the street at Key Bank Clock Plaza. The dial is approximately 2-foot square with an ornate gnomon having a "key" cutout. The dial was moved from another location to the present pole and restored. The dial is made of copper or bronze. Nearby is a plaque with the equation of time. Dedicated May 15, 1967.
 
 
Watkins Glen New York USA Horizontal Dial Dial 517
A simple horizontal dial made of slate with a copper gnomon. Hour lines are brass rods artfully arranged from 6am to 6pm. The hour lines are corrected for longitude.
 
 
Westbury New York USA Polyhedral Dial Dial 5
An old polyhedral dial set atop a tall stone column on the grounds of Old Westbury Gardens. Old Westbury Gardens is the former estate of John Shaffer Phipps, heir to a U.S. Steel fortune. Built in 1906, this garden is an example of period landscape design, with formal gardens and landscaped grounds on a 200 acre site. The gardens and mansion are open to the public but there is an admission fee. It is reported there are other sundials within the grounds.
 
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