E. Howard & Company in Boston made the clock installed in New North Church (originally Third Church, built by the New North Meeting-House Corporation in 1807).
Given that we all walk around with a watch or clock of some kind on our person (via smart phones, dumb phones, or even actual watches) or in our cars, and that just about every device and appliance in our homes has a clock built into it, why bother repairing some old clocks that will still need maintenance after their respective restorations are complete?
The argument that we don’t need working church clocks anymore is compelling. Hardly anyone looks up these days anyway; we’re too busy looking down at our phones. Or we’re driving by and can’t see the clock in any case. Also, they’re just too danged expensive to repair. This town has found a solution to that concern by using CPA money for the restoration projects, which is exactly what CPA money is intended to fund. But still the question persists: Why bother?
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exterior clock face