Professional Jeweler Archive: Saving Public Clocks

November 2001


Saving Public Clocks

You can help by identifying clocks near you

An organization dedicated to saving public clocks from the wrecking ball or disrepair asks jewelers and the general public for assistance.

The group, Save America’s Clocks, has preserved 30 cast iron lamp-post clocks, several larger building clocks and a sidewalk clock in its hometown of New York City since 1997. SAC also assisted in the preservation of several clocks in Boston and other cities and maintains a state-by-state directory of repaired public clocks.

Founded by preservationist Tom Bernardin, SAC is a tax-exempt organization that appeals to cities and states for landmarks protection. The organization was recently chosen as a designated project of Save America’s Treasures, which is part of the White House Millennium Council and administered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Board members include Marvin Schneider, New York City’s clockmaster; Betty Keim, a writer and editor; and Jeremy Woodoff, a clock collector and associate planner in the Preservation Department of the New York City Landmarks Commission. To get involved, go to Save America’s Clocks’ Web site,, or call Tom Bernardin at (212) 229-0202.

– by Michael Thompson

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