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Swarthmore  

Sundial: 1018
State/Province:  Pennsylvania Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  Poor
  Latitude and Longitude: 39° 54.405' N  75° 21.210' W
Location:
  • Swathmore College
    off College Avenue
    in front of Pearson Hall on grass dais
 
Description:
  • This octagonal dial was given to Swarthmore in memory of their classmate Howard White Jr. The dial was originally placed in the Scott Arboretum on Parish Lawn but was removed for pathway reconfiguration in 2006. An alum Bob Thompson found that the dial was stored under the bleachers alongside Skallerup Track. n honor of Thompson’s 92nd birthday, the Arboretum returned the sundial placing in in front of Pearson Hall for the next generation of students to enjoy.

    The dial is heavily weathered but the hours can be read to 5-minute intervals from 4am to 8pm. However the hours before 6am and after 6pm are drawn to the wrong side of the gnomon. The sturdy gnomon is bent at the tip.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Swarthmore College
  • In Memory
    Howard White Jr
    Who Died
    Fourth Month Twenty-First 1903
    Erected By the Class of 1895
  • Designer: Class of 1895
  • Builder: unknown
  • Construction Date: 1905
 
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