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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).

 
 
Columbus Ohio USA Cylindrical Dial Dial 681
A cast bronze equatorial dial with inscribed analemma EOT figures on each hour line. Equatorial ring is a spherical segment. Arabic numerals mark Standard Time. Gnomon is missing. Dial sits atop a fluted Roman column on square base.
 
 
Nassau Bay Texas USA Horizontal Dial Dial 680
An iron pipe and cement dial with 30 minute hour lines and Roman numeral hour marks for DST. Dial includes a compass rose and EOT chart.
 
 
Ridgecrest California USA Analemmatic Dial Dial 679
A 20x15 foot axis analemmatic dial built of cement hour posts, metal markers and tile and lava rock on the high desert floor outside the museum building.
 
 
League City Texas USA Equatorial Dial Dial 678
A small ornate bronze equatorial dial with Roman numeral hours marked on inside of equatorial ring and Zodiacal signs on back side and also on base of dial. Dial is places on a flagstone and cement pedestal.
 
 
Fort Wayne Indiana USA Horizontal Dial Dial 677
A 15 foot diameter stone and cement horizontal dial with a painted steel gnomon. 6 AM to 6 PM hour markers have Arabic numerals. Interior area of dial is filled with crushed rock. A plaque provides EOT and longitude corrections and instructions. This dial was an Eagle Scout project built for this elementary school for use in science lesson plans. Dial sits within a two-course stone perimeter pedestal.
 
 
Burnsville North Carolina USA Vertical Dial Dial 676
The Quilt Block Sundial, an 8x8 foot painted wood nearly-south facing vertical dial with a steel gnomon rod. Dial face consists of a bold quilt block pattern and includes Arabic hour numerals for local solar time, EST and EDT. Hour lines are corrected for longitude and EOT correction is provided by the profile of purple hills along the bottom of the dial. The star map at the top of the dial represents the starry sky at the first sunrise over the newly formed Yancy County on December 29, 1833. The dial declines 3? west of south. A 3 foot thick steel frame locates dial away from wall to clear roof overhang. This Quilt Block is one of over 150 colorful blocks painted on buildings along the Quilt Trails of Western North Carolina.
 
 
Columbus Indiana USA Vertical Dial Dial 675
An approximately 10 x12 foot brick and stainless steel south-facing dial atop a 50 foot tower. This resembles an actual vertical dial but has a horizontal gnomon rather than a polar-pointing gnomon. The hour lines verify against ZW2000 software calculated angles for a due south dial but are non-functional with a horizontal gnomon. Dial face includes hour lines for 6 AM to 2 PM but no numerals. It's more sculpture than sundial.
 
 
Columbus Indiana USA Horizontal Dial Dial 674
A 10 foot diameter horizontal dial of concrete, stainless steel and brick. The gnomon is a massive concrete structure and the Arabic hour markers are inset in the concrete dial face, which serves as a bench.
 
 
Clear Lake Shores Texas USA Armillary Sphere Dial 673
An approximately four foot diameter ring equatorial dial of painted steel with Roman numeral hour marks and a long double-bar steel gnomon. Ring is sagging somewhat at base support, perhaps from being climbed upon.
 
 
Denver Colorado USA Horizontal Dial Dial 672
A cast bronze round horizontal dial with 4 AM to 7 PM hour lines and Roman numerals. The gnomon has an unusual curved root, making it appear to be misplaced to the south on the dial face when it appears to actually be correctly placed. Dial sits on a marble pedestal
 
 
Newport Rhode Island USA Vertical Dial Dial 671
An 8x8 foot vertical dial of carved stone with hour lines and Arabic numerals and with Zodiacal symbols around dial perimeter. Dial declines to the west and has a bronze gnomon. Access to view dial is available to all campus visitors.
 
 
Chattanooga Tennessee USA Obelisk or Vertical Gnomon Dial 670
An 18 foot diameter horizontal dial of concrete and pebble with a cast bronze figure of a boy with outstretched arm, the 8 foot high finger tip of which serves as a point-in-space gnomon. The dial face includes hour marks and declination lines. An open book plaque on the bronze statue base gives instructions.
 
 
Albuquerque New Mexico USA Horizontal Dial Dial 669
A 36 inch diameter brass and copper horizontal sundial with a gnomon depicting a bird standing and a bird in flight. The bird motif reminds of "The Bird of Time has but a little way to fly--and Lo! the bird is on the Wing" by Omar Khayyam. The gnomon is buttressed for strength and includes a brass ball at the top as a safety feature in light of a nearby middle school.
 
 
Calgary Alberta Canada Analemmatic Dial Dial 668
An analemmatic dial with 14.8 foot major axis with hour posts and date line of concrete on a grassy playground. Date line includes footprints of cut aluminum.
 
 
Omaha Nebraska USA Analemmatic Dial Dial 667
A 20 foot square dial painted on concrete. Painted hour markers in two arcs for ST and DST include longitude correction. A nearby plaque provides instructions for use of dateline but has the hour marker arcs miss-labeled for ST and DST.
 
 
Calgary Alberta Canada Analemmatic Dial Dial 666
An analemmatic dial with 14.8 foot major axis of concrete, pebble and rock with cast concrete hour markers. Hour lines are longitude corrected and mark DST. A Zodiac date line of colored concrete is inlaid on the dial face. Seasonal markers for sunrise and sunset are included.
 
 
Omaha Nebraska USA Horizontal Dial Dial 665
A bronze horizontal dial with 5 AM to 7 PM hour lines and Roman numerals. Placed on a cast concrete pedestal 3 feet high in the form of a tree trunk with an image of a bird cast into the base.
 
 
New Haven Connecticut USA Cylindrical Dial Dial 664
A nearly 50 foot tall vertical concave cylindrical projection dial of precast concrete lined with aluminum panels and with an aluminum band projection gnomon. The curvilinear interior surface is inscribed with vertical hour lines and horizontal solstice and equinox marks. The band gnomon features a 2.5 inch diameter hole that projects an image of the sun on the silver-colored interior surface against a shadow cast by the gnomon band itself.
 
 
Victoria British Columbia Canada Analemmatic Dial Dial 663
A 20 foot overall tinted concrete analemmatic dial with brass numerals, aluminum and granite slabs. Distance between major axis and small hour marks is 16.4 feet. Brass Roman numerals 10 inches high are set in a grey outer ring. Longitude and EOT corrections are marked beside the monthly date marks. A plaque commemorating the British Columbia 150 year celebration includes instructions on use and information on the dial designers and sponsors. Andrei Golovkine, a local designer and community activist conceived, designed and proposed the project to the sponsors. Dr. Dmitry Monin, an astrophysicist at the nearby NRC Herzberg Institute provided the gnomonic design.
 
 
Portland Oregon USA Vertical Dial Dial 662
A classic stone 20 x30 inch south facing vertical dial with bronze gnomon on brick building above sally port about 30 feet above grade. Hour lines with Roman numerals are corrected for longitude. Flanking the sally port are carved figures of Lux, or light, with open eyes on the east and Nox, or night, closing its eyes for sleep on the west. Reed College is a west coast "Ivy League" college following the Collegiate Gothic traditions of Oxford, Cambridge and the eastern US colleges.
 
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