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Twelve-Foot Library Clock
To Spread Time Five Miles
|There will soon be one excuse less for
those who are late to class.
In the new Administration-Library Extension, fifty-five clocks, topped by the tower clock to have a face twelve feet in diameter, will give the time to those within the building and to those within a radius of five miles who will be able to see the tower clock.
Here is how the utmost accuracy in the clocks will be attained. In the basement of the building are located the master clock and a sub-master clock. The master clock will be controlled from a grad-master clock in the basement of the Physics Building. Each minute the clocks receive an impulse from these master clocks. On the forty-ninth minute of each hour all the clocks are corrected, either put up if too slow or slowed down if too fast. A clock may be corrected as much as twenty-two minutes in an hour.
The huge clock on top of the tower will have its private master clock in the basement. Original plans called for this clock to be in the tower portion, but due to the swaying of the tower, and for greater accuracy, it was deemed advisable to put it in the basement. This huge clock will have its hands moved every half minute instead of every minute in view of the wear and tear on machinery in accelerating and de-accelerating the long heavy hands of the clock. The minute hand will be as long as a tall man and will move nearly ten inches with each half minute jump.
The dial of the tower clock will be lighted by twenty-eight 100-watt lamps automatically controlled by the clock mechanism to turn on and off at predetermined periods. In connection with the tower, there will be four standard government airport marker lights, red in color and with 100-watt lamps. These red lights will project four feet above the top parapet wall at each corner.
Daily Texan. January 16, 1936.
3 May 1999
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