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The Old State House Clock

Artist:

Simon Willard (design) and R.M. Fisher (masonry)

Location:

Old State House  

Location

Old State House
United States
42° 21' 31.3272" N, 71° 3' 26.5752" W

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type:

Architectural Element

Year:

1831

Medium:

Wood and stone

Collection:

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Description:

While the Old State House dates from 1713, the present clock was not added until 1831. It was made by Simon Willard and is still functional today. Mounted on the east façade of the Old State House—Boston’s oldest public building—the face of the clock is nestled between the statues of the lion and the unicorn. When the inner-workings of the clock were threatened by severe masonry cracking (due to weather and time) in 2008, restoration took place to repair and stabilize the clock tower and ensured that the clock would remain standing for a long time to come. During these restorations, the gold ornamentation was repainted but not gilded; however, the clock's gold façade still acts as a beacon when the sun shines on the Old State House, welcoming visitors from near and far. 

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