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Louisville Clock Work Slows Due to Cold Weather, Remains on Track

Work on moving the Louisville Clock to Theater Square downtown has paused for the winter.

City crews have removed an earthen berm and filled in a fountain on Theater Square to make room for the long dormant clock. The structure is a work of folk art and is sometimes called the Derby Clock, as it features mechanical horses running around a track.

The structure will be moved in the spring, but until then workers are repainting the clock and replacing analog timekeeping mechanisms with digital clockwork.

“We decided instead of bringing it down to Theater Square and letting it sit out there in the cold, let’s keep it out at Bowman Field for the time being and bring it down when the weather turns better again,” says architect Steve Wiser. “The bandstand figurines, up in the bandstand, we had to repaint those, so that’s happening right now. We’re missing some aluminum panels, we’re having to replace those. The computer program that helps this thing operate, that’s a major issue right now. We’re dealing with that aspect of it.”

Wiser says the new, digitized Louisville Clock will be more reliable, and it’s maintenance will be paid for with private funds. It is still scheduled to begin running by this year’s Kentucky Derby.

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Louisville Clock Could Move to Theater Square Next Month

The iconic Louisville Clock may soon be moved to Theater Square downtown.

Renovations to accommodate the clock at 4th Street and Broadway began this week.

“We are removing a landscape berm and the existing fountain in Theatre Square in hopes that the clock might eventually land there,” says architect Steve Wiser, who has worked to save the 35-year-old clock.

The clock—which is often called the Derby Clock—features mechanical horses running around a track. It has been plagued by mechanical errors and moved repeatedly. The renovations to Theater Square were planned in the city budget, but the clock was refurbished largely through private donations.

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Louisville Neighborhoods: History & Trivia


Thursday, November 19, 2009
Louisville Neighborhoods: History & Trivia
Butchertown, Griffeytown, Chickasaw, St. Matthews – my what a hodgepodge of names! Louisville, like many other cities, is actually comprised of a bunch of neighborhoods with their own names and identities. So how did this happen, and just who is Griffey and why does he have a town named after him? Join us on Thursday when we learn fun things about Louisville neighborhoods and take your questions.

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