Davenport City Hall's Historic Clock Tower Chimes Again After Decade of Silence

Davenport City Hall's historic clock tower, built in 1895, is operational again after $50,000 in repairs by Ohio's Tower Clock Company. The tower's bell, dating back to 1874, now rings every half hour and indicates the time at the top of each hour.

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Davenport City Hall's Historic Clock Tower Chimes Again After Decade of Silence

Davenport City Hall's Historic Clock Tower Chimes Again After Decade of Silence

After a decade of silence, the historic clock tower at Davenport City Hall, built in 1895, is once again operational, thanks to $50,000 in repairs by Ohio's Tower Clock Company. The clock tower's hands were frozen in time for over ten years before the recent restoration work.

The Tower Clock Company patched up cracks and repaired wear and tear on the 129-year-old clock tower. The repairs cost approximately $50,000. Notably, the clock tower's bell, which dates back even further to 1874, now rings every half hour and indicates the time at the top of each hour.

Davenport Alderman Rick Dunn played a key role in ensuring the historic bell would continue to be heard. "They were going to take the bell – that's 1874 – they wanted to take that bell and display it at the new Fire Station 3 in a display case. We had a little discussion. 'Hey, is it better to be on display or better to be heard?' I thought, 'Better to be heard,'" Dunn explained.

Alderman Rick Dunn and his brother, Alderman Tim Dunn, were among the city employees who volunteered their time to assist with the clock tower repairs. Tom Warner, Davenport's former city attorney, completed the lettering on the frame of the clock.

During the restoration process, historical items were discovered in the tower, including the original instructions on how to run the clock and a bottle of tower clock oil from the 1800s. The same company that repaired Davenport's clock tower also restored the clock tower on Arsenal Island.

The Davenport City Hall clock tower, a prominent landmark in the heart of downtown, stands as a testament to the city's rich history and commitment to preserving its architectural heritage. With the chimes of its bell echoing once again, the restored clock tower will continue to serve as a source of civic pride for Davenport residents and visitors alike.

Key Takeaways

  • Davenport City Hall's 1895 clock tower is operational again after 10 years.
  • $50,000 in repairs by Ohio's Tower Clock Company restored the clock tower.
  • The historic bell, dating back to 1874, now rings every half hour and on the hour.
  • Alderman Rick Dunn played a key role in saving the bell from being displayed.
  • Historical items, including original instructions, were found during the restoration.