Ithaca Calendar Clock Building

Architectural History Minute

Ithaca Calendar Clock Building

Built: (1876), unknown

The Ithaca Calendar Clock Company was formed in 1865 to manufacture clocks with a calendar mechanism for which a patent had been granted on April 18, 1865 to Henry B. Horton and for an improvement patented on August 28, 1866. With practically no capital, they began operations in 1865.

Some of the earliest of the firm’s clocks were installed in iron front cases, patented by Horton in 1866, which were cast by a local foundry. Wooden cases in many styles were later manufactured by the company. The upper clock movements were manufactured in Connecticut, primarily by the firms of E. N. Welch and Laporte Hubbell prior to 1890. The calendar mechanism was manufactured at Ithaca and the clocks were assembled, tested and marketed from there. Henry Horton and Merritt Wood had patented a device for testing the calendar mechanism on June 11, 1867 and supposedly as many as 108 clocks could be tested in one day. Read the rest of the story here:

http://www.nationalclockrepair.com/Ithaca_Clock_History.php

also see this newspaper article below:

http://ithacacalendarclock.com/1875NEWSPAPERSTORY.html

The building now houses local businesses including Hickeys Music Center, and Dede Hatch Photography.

images courtesy bing maps, google image search, = and http://www.hickeys.com/pages/about.htm

Andrew Petruzzelli
Designer

HOLT Architects, P.C.
217 N. Aurora St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
phone 607 273-7600 Ext. 151
fax 607 273-0475
http://www.holt.com

Andrew Petruzzelli
Designer

HOLT Architects, P.C.
217 N. Aurora St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
phone 607 273-7600 Ext. 151
fax 607 273-0475
http://www.holt.com

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