More repairs set for Bromo Seltzer Tower clock


March 07, 2010|By Liz F. Kay |

Here's an update on one problem for Baltimore residents and workers:

Baltimore's signature timepiece should get some attention next week.

The time displayed by the hands on the southern face of the Bromo Seltzer Tower has been incorrect for several years.

Watchdog first reported about the problem, which then affected all the faces, in 2007.

Repairs resolved the issue for all the faces except for the one facing south. Clock repair specialists were called in, but nothing helped.

Now, the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, which bought the tower and converted it into artists' studios, has some fixes planned that should get that clock in sync.

During the week of March 15, the hands will be removed from the clock, BOPA spokeswoman Tracy Baskerville said.

Workmen will restore the hands and work on the inner mechanisms of the southern clock face, she said.

"We had tried in the past to unstick the hands," she said. "We're hoping this will do the trick."

The work is expected to be completed, and the hands reinstalled, by March 26.

Azola and Associates, the general contractor that completed the $1.5 million renovation in 2008, will handle the clock repairs.

BOPA has been awarded a $10,000 Baltimore Heritage Area grant to apply toward the repair costs. The Baltimore Development Corp. has also pledged $10,000 to the project, Baskerville said.

However, "we still have to raise an additional $10,000," she said.

If it works, it will be just in time.

The Bromo Seltzer Tower, built by a medicine company to mimic the 13th-century Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, celebrates its 100th anniversary next year.

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