Monday, 16 July 2012

Is Winnipeg's City Hall clock sick again ?

City Hall Clock

Barely two years after a $26,000 overhaul, the city hall clock may be sick again. The centre seam appears to be splitting allowing the hands to rub along its face, the "12" and "6" squares to peel back and check out that funky wave of the face as indicated by the shadows from the hands.

Yes, I've emailed 311 just in case.

As you might have expected, here's a look back at the timepiece !

Civic Centre 60s

The clock was not part of the Civic Centre complex when it opened in 1964 but added a decade later thanks to Molson's !

The company, which operated a number of companies with a local presence such as
Molson Brewery, Beaver Lumber and office supply retailer Willson's, held a board of directors meeting here in 1974, Winnipeg's centennial year. The clock was a birthday gift to the city and unveiled with the release of hundreds of balloons on September 16, 1974.

Civic CentreWinnipeg Civic Centre from aboveWinnipeg City Hall
Disappearing clock: 2008, 2010 and 2012

In 2009 the clock had a seizure and time literally stood still. It was removed in February 2010 for an overhaul that included replacing the internal mechanism and was put back in place in November.

In other clock news:
The Exchange

It seems that the Old Market Square clock is not making a comeback. I
blogged about that back in 2010 when the refurbished square reopened without its timepiece. Sean Kavanagh from CBC looked into it and was told that pubic works had it and were just figuring out when and where it should go back up. That was two years ago, so I assume its not going to happen.

That's too bad. The square has become such a hot spot for festivals and shows, the public timepiece made a pleasant and practical ornament.


John Dobbin said...

I wonder if they sent it away and forgot to get it back afterward.

Anonymous said...

Also missing is the National Historic Site plaque which was removed for the "renovation".

Anonymous said...

Bring back the clock! Shared amenities like these are so important. The current Public Works staff at the city or those they contract out too really seem to have no taste or clue about good design. Witness also the failed re-do of the Steinkopf gardens.