Power and Light Building Replica Clock

Power & Light Clock
Power & Light Clock, alternate view
Power & Light Clock, alternate view
Power & Light Clock, face
Power & Light Clock, detail
Inventory
Collection Number: 
17246
Building: 
Current Location: 
Cafe
Floor: 
1st
Object Description
Object Type: 
Details: 
This unique clock is a replica of Kansas City's Power and Light building and is thought to have been created by the engineering staff of the Power and Building building in the 1950s.
Framed: 
No
Length: 
26 inches
Width: 
10 1/2 inches
Height: 
83 inches
Description: 

This unique clock is thought to have been built in the 1950s by the Power & Light Building’s engineering staff in appreciation of the iconic Kansas City landmark located at 14th and Baltimore. The building, completed in 1931, is a 36-story structure and is considered one of the greatest examples of Art Deco architecture in America. Purchased by Gailoyd Enterprises in 1964, the building was home to this clock until September of 2014 when the property was purchased by NorthPoint Development to be redeveloped into apartments.

The clock stands at almost seven feet tall. The body of the clock is made of wood and what appears to be frosted acrylic which does a beautiful job of diffusing the light. The face of the clock is adorned with gold-colored floral designs that enfame the numbers of the clock. Above this, is a traditional rotating landscape with castles and a large moon representing the passage of time from day to night. During the 17th century, the use of the moon and sun to represent this passing of time became a popular motif in clock-making.

The clock was generously donated to the Kansas City Library by Gailoyd Enterprises and the Shulman Family of New York.

Reproduce the Work in Library publications/publicity, including film or videotape: 
Yes
Make slides or videotapes for educational use: 
Yes
Permit the general public to photograph the work : 
Yes