clock tower

If you’re driving along Pacific Boulevard and you need to tell the time the old-fashioned way, there’s a 60-foot reminder at Albany Station.

The clock tower there can give it to you from any direction.

Built in January of 2007 to give it more of a historic touch, it adds a period look to the depot, which itself is over 100 years old. Construction began on the project in 2006.

Located near the Lyons Street entrance to the station, the tower looms high over the passing traffic.

The entire clock tower cost about $140,000 to build and the clocks are easily visible from blocks away.

A big boost to the construction of the tower came from the Greater Albany Rotary Club, which donated $40,000 to cover all four clock faces.

It is the clock tower that catches the eye, however. Not just because of its height. The design includes letters that spell Albany on the east and west sides of the structure. Each letter is 2 feet tall. Lighting illuminates the lettering during the night.

The clocks themselves have a 4-foot-diameter face. The tower housing the faces is 6 feet square.

No one seems to know the weight, but the sandstone-colored bricks that adorn each of the towers corners number 2,500.

In a money-saving move, the city changed the tower design from an originally proposed all brick structure to a metal skeleton with a brick veneer.

When it was first completed, the clock on the southwest side of the tower did not work properly, but it was corrected once a new part arrived.

Placing it at the station was part of an overall $11.5 million renovation to improve the station and surrounding grounds.

The contribution by the Rotary Club was recognized with an emblem that was placed on the tower.

Donations from the Linn County Republican Women’s group spiffed up the grounds surrounding the tower in 2007. They were able to use local crews to provide landscaping, including about 30 roses to add to its curb appeal.

Steve Lathrop is the business reporter for the Albany Democrat-Herald. He can be reached at 541-812-6076 or by email at steve.lathrop@lee.net.

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