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Dubuque Town Clock

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 22 January 2019 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

The Town Clock is a large clock that stands in downtown Dubuque, Iowa. The clock has stood over the city for over 130 years. The present clock is the second "Town Clock". The first collapsed in the 1870's, killing three people. The building on which it originally stood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but the clock tower itself is not.

The Durrant Architecture firm of Dubuque designed a pre-cast four-column pedestal that was then placed in the plaza. The actual tower was brought to the site on Feb 12, 1971, and bolted to the pedestal. The faces of the clock were placed at the new location on Feb 16, 1971. Afterwards the cupola was placed at the new site, which completed the move. After the reassembly was complete, the clock stood about 108 feet above the street, which was about two feet taller than at its previous location.

The move helped increase the visibility of the Town Clock, where it now served as the centerpiece at special events held at Town Clock Plaza. Otherwise, most of the traffic had moved out to the west end of the city. Main street had become an office park. In 1989, concerns were voiced about vibrations made by loud music and dancers possibly causing damage to the pedestal or the clock. The city studied the problem and stated its confidence that the Town Clock was structurally sound.

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By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

A beautiful clock, nice architecture.

22 Jan 2019 5:26am

Martine Girard from brest, France

Jolie tour avec toutes ces sculptures.

22 Jan 2019 6:00am

yoshimiparis from France

thank you for the link, thanks to you I will now be able to walk on the map to admire "on the spot" these wonderful buildings

22 Jan 2019 7:08am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Gorgeous clock and interesting history.

22 Jan 2019 7:26am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Interesting history there . . must say it looks robust.

22 Jan 2019 7:34am

claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Magnifique horloge !!

22 Jan 2019 7:36am

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

That is a beautiful tower with the clock.
Nice picture and architecture.

22 Jan 2019 8:13am

Marcel P. from Wallonie picarde, Belgium

"The big brother" ? (smile)

22 Jan 2019 8:40am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

beautiful clock under the beautiful sky

22 Jan 2019 9:22am

Gérard from Allauch, France

No street art on its walls ?????

22 Jan 2019 9:37am

Anne from France

elle est superbe!

22 Jan 2019 9:44am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

wonderful ornamental detail shot

22 Jan 2019 10:28am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

Excellent detail. A superb image of this clock.

22 Jan 2019 10:41am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Un beau clocher avec cette horloge !

22 Jan 2019 11:42am

willy from Belgium

un clocher avec une belle architecture Steven

merci pour ce joli partage et les explications intéressantes


22 Jan 2019 12:37pm

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Very nice clock.

22 Jan 2019 12:51pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A real beauty ! Such fine detail that looks to be holding up very well. Excellent framing.

22 Jan 2019 1:27pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

What an elegant clock tower. Presented beautifully

22 Jan 2019 2:31pm

Devi from Chennai, India

an interesting write up and a lovely impressive image here !!!!

22 Jan 2019 2:40pm

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Beautiful clock tower. Thanks for the info too.

22 Jan 2019 3:23pm

Sudipto from Hyderabad, India

It's an impressive clocktower... It's story is just as fascinating. :)

22 Jan 2019 4:13pm

Adela Fonts from Bar Grcelona, Spain

Great shot! Thanks for the information.

22 Jan 2019 4:30pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


22 Jan 2019 4:52pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Wow... Merveilleuse prise.

22 Jan 2019 5:02pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful fraùing of this superb townclock !

22 Jan 2019 5:39pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle horloge et tour ce noir quelle architecture
Belle soirée

22 Jan 2019 5:40pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A lovely image of this impressive clock.

22 Jan 2019 9:28pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Lovely clock tower.

23 Jan 2019 12:58am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

This is a beautiful clock. It has quite an interesting history. The architecture and the design is gorgeous.

23 Jan 2019 2:02am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

a very Victorian design well photographed

23 Jan 2019 2:33am

Peppylady (Dora) from Naples, United States

What a grand clock. Stop in from Yum and if you have time stop in for a cup of coffee

23 Jan 2019 2:34am

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

It really stands out against that brilliant blue sky.

23 Jan 2019 2:35am

jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

Dans toute sa splendeur !

23 Jan 2019 3:03am

London Caller from United Kingdom

Dubuque looks like an interesting town to explore.
And this clock tower is so rococo.

23 Jan 2019 11:08am

Remus from Portugal

A beautiful watch that had a troubled "life".
Wonderful ornamental tower.

23 Jan 2019 12:09pm

Sam from Chennai, India

A beautiful clock on this great clock tower. Excellent composition and interesting information. :)

25 Jan 2019 4:06pm

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

Your point of view and tight crop show off this magnificent structure beautifully!

26 Jan 2019 12:25am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

i love clock towers

they don't seem to cherish the idea of them in new structures

27 Jan 2019 1:55am