September 24, 2001
Soaring 92 feet above Main Street, the clock tower atop Westminster Fire Hall has come to be more than just a perch for a Seth-Thomas timepiece and home to a bell that once summoned volunteer firefighters to duty. "It's been a symbol of the city of Westminster for a long time," said Suzanne P. Albert, a Westminster City Council member who launched a successful campaign to save the firehouse's bell when the Fire Department moved to its new building on John Street in 1997. But since its construction in 1896, the tower, with its distinctive octagonal curved roof, has become weathered and worn.
June 28, 1991
Four years and $11 million later, Stephens Hall, the distinctive building that defines Towson State University, is open again for academic business. This majestic, 91,000-square-foot structure, complete with clock tower and an ornate, English manor architectural style, sits majestically on a hill overlooking York Road. For countless motorists and alumni, Stephens Hall is Towson State.But the 1915 edifice was sadly in need of repair and modernization. An entire class of TSU students never set foot in the massive hall during their undergraduate years.
June 16, 2012
I totally agree with Jill Pratt of the McCormick & Co. that the new Old Bay banner should not be taken down after a year but remain as a permanent fixture of the city ("Table talk: Old Bay goes big in Baltimore," June 12). I'm certain it will become an icon associated with Baltimore, as are the Bromo Seltzer clock tower, the George Washington monument and the Domino Sugar sign. This will turn out to be an asset for Baltimore and a positive contribution to the city's national image.
October 29, 1999
ANNAPOLIS CITY planners have already begun to reap rewards from their decision to build a nearly $8 million traffic circle at West Street and Taylor Avenue.The roundabout, nearing completion ahead of schedule, is more than a solution to traffic congestion in the West Street corridor. It is becoming a stimulant for the kind of development that can revitalize an area.Annapolis-based developer Jerome J. Parks' proposal to build a $101 million complex adjacent to the still-unnamed circle could be a major boon in the city's quest to revive this stretch.
July 10, 2008
Time no longer stands still on York Road. Elected officials gathered in a Northeast Baltimore parking lot yesterday to christen the new Curran Memorial Clock Tower - an iconic clock in Govans that has been stuck at 3 o'clock for years. "Our city's working again. And this corner, and the renewal of this corner, is a symbol of that," said Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is married to District Judge Catherine Curran O'Malley. "The people of our district knew they could always turn to a Curran when they were hurting."
July 25, 1999
Get up and get funky.Landmark plans call for Baltimore's 300-foot Bromo Selt-zer clock tower to be converted to 12 panoramified apartments, city housing officials said this past week. Among other amenities, future residents would be able to watch the Orioles' bullpen collapse without paying to see it happen.Perhaps this novel redevelopment notion for the clock tower -- Baltimore's downtown lighthouse -- will open the field for similar projects. Why should a city's landmarks be structures merely to leer at, or to list in architecture guides?