The time on the UVM clock tower is off


The Ira Allen clock tower is an icon high above the city of Burlington, but lately you might have noticed it’s been a little off.

A viewer called us yesterday to tell us the clock had been off since daylight savings time last month. Construction for the 165 ft tower and attached chapel began back in 1925 at the University of Vermont.

We checked in on campus to see if people actually used it and found many said although it isn’t used very often – it should be correct.

“I always use my phone is I need the time. To be honest I don’t care I think it’s very pretty and I enjoy looking at it when the clouds are going by but most people have other ways of telling the time so I don’t think it’s a huge issue,” said UVM Mathematics Grad Student Marcus Eliah.

UVM’s spokesman Enrique Corredera told us the shaft for one of the faces needs to be repaired and that will take place sometime next week.

In a statement he said “Antique clocks like the 91-year-old one in the Ira Allen Chapel are highly complex instruments that have to be worked on by hand when something goes wrong. There is only one company in the area, Green Mountain Clock, that has the experience and expertise to do this work.  Getting this type of specialty work scheduled can be a challenge. The issue with the clock is with a shaft for one of the faces. Because old clocks have so many interlocking parts and pieces, a problem in one part of the machinery inevitably leads to problems in other areas. That’s why three of the four faces are affected.”

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