“Our goal is that the four faces will display the correct time by the time the cherub arrives to perch on the clock on Thanksgiving Eve,” said Landmarks President Marsh Davis.
The 10,000-pound clock will get new movements, a controller, properly balanced hands and four new faces that replicate the originals.
The architectural firm of Vonnegut and Bohn designed the 1905 Ayres department store, and in 1936 Arthur Bohn designed the bronze clock. Positioned nearly 29 feet above the sidewalk, the 8-foot tall clock gave passers-by the time from all four directions – when it worked. Now it’s just plain confusing.
Many still call it the Ayres clock, even though the department store has been gone since 1992. The city owns the building, which is incorporated in Circle Centre.