Blair Arch Clock Restoration
Notice anything different about Blair Arch? The clock faces on Blair Hall are undergoing a restoration program and the familiar circular faces and roman numerals are currently in University storage. The iconic building and it's two clock faces above the main arch were built in 1896-97 by Philadelphia architects Cope & Stewardson. The firm was well known for the first Collegiate Gothic dormitories at Princeton, in addition to buildings at Bryn Mawr, the University of Pennsylvania, and Washington University in St. Louis.
"We found some evidence of earlier repair work, but the main structure to which the numerals were attached was mostly original. It's really in need of some repair," said Dale Edghill, a project manager for the Office of Design and Construction. "The Electric Shop handles the maintenance of the clockworks, and they're in excellent shape, but time and the elements have taken their toll on the exterior parts."
The current plan is to simply restore the roman numerals and the rest of the faces to their original finish, replacing as little of the original material as possible. When the project is finished the clock faces will be returned to their familiar place--ready to serve for another century.