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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 our complete listing and images. To see sundials in a particular state or province, you may click on the list at left to see all registered sundials in that state, province or country (at bottom) displayed in city order.

 
 
Orlando Florida USA Obelisk Dial 294
Bronze, granite An obelisk which, at the noon hour, will cast a shadow on a noon mark plaque positioned on the ground.
 
 
Redlands California USA Equatorial Dial 293
Equatorial dial designed by Russ Busher. A semicircle of metal, pierced with numerals. Sun shines through numerals onto metal plate with vertical line mounted below. Semicircle in equatorial plane, plate in polar plane. Such a dial is frequently advertized in "Wind and Weather" catalog. Placed atop a wooden post.
 
 
Honolulu Hawaii USA Dial 291
Bronze. Outer circle has flame-shaped knobs projecting from rim. Indicator or axis cuts band diagonally, terminating in oval projection on lower side. Gift of Mrs. Theodore A. Cooke. This dial is no longer on display at the museum. When an enquiry was made in May 2002, none of the staff knew of the dial's existence until an elderly lady in the gift shop knew it was in storage. The lady was a grand daughter of Mrs. Cooke.
 
 
Kohler Village Wisconsin USA Vertical Dial 290
A direct east vertical dial approximately 5 feet square, ornately painted onto the side of the Waelderhaus at Kohler Village. The Waelderhaus is a tribute to the tradition of Bregenzerwald, a province of Vorarlberg, Austria, and represents the architecture of this particular Alpine Area. The dial is painted in gold and white with flourishes. A top scroll shows hours with Arabic numerals while a bottom scroll shows the hours with Roman numerals. Lines for solstice, equinox, and signs of the zodiac are drawn across the faces of the dial. No analemma is drawn.
 
 
Urbana Illinois USA Horizontal Dial 289
Horizontal dial 14 inches diameter, with 5 inch tall gnomon. Sits on stone pedestal 40 x 40 x 42 inches.
 
 
Jackson Mississippi USA Armillary Dial 288
A 30 inch gilded bronze armillary sphere, titled "Cycle of Life". The armillary sphere is composed of rings representing the great circles of the heavens. Figures of a man, woman and child represent the Cycle of Life.
 
 
Grand Rapids Michigan USA Horizontal Dial 287
A cast iron statue of a small boy painted in gold and kneeling. With arms upright, he holds a plate on top of his head that held the original sundial face, surrounded by an inscription and ornamentation. The statue is bolted to a concrete pedestal. With the original sundial gnomon removed, a new oversized horizontal dial has been carelessly bolted onto the top plate. The gnomon and dial face imply it is a British reproduction, totally unsuited for the Michigan location. The dial face is ornate, with a compass rose in the center, surrounded by a chapter ring divided in 15 minute intervals. A second, outer chapter ring divides time into 5 minute intervals. Time is indicated with Roman numeral hour marks. Dial in good alignment, but illuminated by the sun only during early morning.
 
 
Denver Colorado USA Horizontal Dial 286
A large horizontal 6 1/2 ft. x 4 ft. dial in bronze A child figure stands, casting a shadow on the sundial. Child's hands should hold a gnomon rod, now missing. Dial and figure are placed atop a granite pedestal.
 
 
Cleveland Ohio USA Armillary Dial 285
37' Iron Composed of four iron rings bisected by an arrow. Mounted atop an upright cylinder. Gift of Lucile Teeter Kissach. Restored 1993.
 
 
Washington District of Columbia USA Armillary Dial 284
The Noyes armillary sphere was donated by Bertha Noyes in honor of her sister, Edith. Made of copper and bronze, the 6-foot armillary had an equatorial band with symbols of the zodiac, a meridian circle and arctic & antarctic circles. A winged cherub — a putto — stood in the center. The dial sat upon a octagonal polished green granite base.
 
 
Murrells Inlet South Carolina USA Horizontal Dial 283
This graceful 10 foot bronze sundial is a model of Paul Manship's dial "Time and Fates of Man" made for the 1939 New York World's Fair. The 1939 dial was made of plaster and stood 80 feet tall, claiming to be the biggest sundial in the world.
 
 
Grand Forks North Dakota USA Armillary Dial 282
A large brass and cast iron armillary dial with full equatorial and equinoctial colure rings, two tropic rings and Arctic and Antarctic circle rings. The sphere is tilted so the central gnomon points to celestial north and is mounted in a four-legged stand. The gnomon includes a nodus that casts a shadow on a plate with engraved date analemma.
 
 
Wichita Kansas USA Horizontal Dial 281
Bronze Different size cogs put together like the inside of a clock with a sun dial flat on top.
 
 
Boston Massachusetts USA Horizontal Dial 280
A bronze horizontal dial with bronze figures of a bird with baby birds in nest and worm as gnomon.
 
 
New Haven Connecticut USA Horizontal Dial 279
Large horizontal dial 17 ft. diameter with concrete gnomon 20 ft. high. Hour marks include longitude correction. Dial has a circular layout with a large sundial arm that sprays water on one side, a curved bench for sitting on the opposite side, a wading pool in between and a curved wall with three large oval holes cut out on one side. The sun shines through the wall onto the number of the sundial.
 
 
Honolulu Hawaii USA Horizontal Dial 278
The dial is a raised horizontal circle 18 inches in diameter. The nearly inch-wide brass gnomon supports a raised relief globe, with the Hawaiian Islands uppermost to accurately show which part of the world is in sunlight. The dial has hour lines and a ring of 5-minute marks. Hours are numbered from 6 until 18. Cardinal points and magnetic north are indicated. Dial shows some signs of deterioration. Designer Ginnosuke Ohara is a dialist with Japan's Research Institute for Sundials. The dial base is a mushroom design of concrete about 40 inches high and 40 inches in diameter. A time capsule is located in the base, to be opened in 2030.
 
 
Greensboro North Carolina USA Equatorial Dial 277
33 ft. Bronze Sundial consisting of two intersecting semi-spherical arcs. Gift of the Greensboro Council of Garden Clubs, 1981. Mounted atop a 12 sided granite base.
 
 
Indianapolis Indiana USA Horizontal Dial 276
A stainless steel and concrete vertical structure 33 feet tall. A stainless steel triangular tube, upright, with triangular and trapezoidal cut-outs, placed in the center of a concrete circle, with a sundial face but may not be functional.
 
 
Houston Texas USA Sundial Sculpture Dial 275
An 85 inch high bronze sundial-like sculpture with elevated horizontal semicircular ring and steeply inclined bar up from base. Pegs and marks on ring suggest hour marks but design is wrong for location. Work is dedicated to exploration of space and has been relocated to a very shady area.
 
 
Chesterfield South Carolina USA Armillary Dial 274
ca 20' Bronze Spherical bronze sundial consisting of three intersecting circles supporting an arrow shaped gnomon. Open mouthed gargoyles surround the column's highly carved capital atop a white octagonal column 33 inches high.