LITLE ITALY DISTRICT
San Diego, California
Three, Six ft. Diameter custom tower clocks were built by Maas-Rowe for this project.
The tower was the only structure retained when an abandoned Electric Sign Factory was torn down as part of an urgan renewal project.
The architects had photographs of the original clocks, which no longer existed and wanted to create a similar effect in a more modern medium.
Maas-Rowe built the Clock Faces as a mosaic of different colored pieces fabricated from 3/8" thick aluminum and powder-coated in different colors.
Maas-Rowe fitted the pieces together using computer generated master template so holes could be drilled in the wall to precisely match the studs that would be inserted into the back of each piece to hold them in position.
After drilling the wall with more than 100 holes per clock face, Maas-Rowe applied the mosaic pieces using an adhesive.
The Drives and Hands are connected to a shaft that goes through the wall to a set of couplings. The Clock Drives behind the wall can easily be un-coupled in the future without accessing the outside of the tower.
The Clocks are controlled by a Maas-Rowe GPS Master Clock which synchronizes to the time signals received from GPS satellites.
The Clocks reset automatically after power outages and for Daylight Saving Time changes.
A nearby church (Our Lady of the Rosary) has a Maas-Rowe carillon so chimes were not required.
2255 Meyers Avenue
Escondido, California 92029
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