Shinola Unveils Four New City Clocks

Mar 07

12:00 PM

By Erin Piscopink

Tagged: All Neighborhoods

Read the Crain’s article in its original format HERE


Detroit's Time Has Come: Shinola Unveils Four New City Clocks

Anjana Schroeder for
Crain's Detroit

The time has come.

Shinola/Detroit LLC celebrated the unveiling of four city clocks this morning with a short ceremony at the site of one of the clocks, outside Cobo Center.

The Cobo clock, featuring LED lights and a stainless steel casing, has a diameter of more than 3 feet and stands 13 feet tall.

Other clocks can be found:
• at Eastern Market. Shed 3 is the temporary home of a wall-mounted city clock. The clock eventually will be on a pole outside Shed 5, which is undergoing renovations.
• in Midtown. A pole-mounted clock sits on the site of a future dog park on the corner of Cass Avenue and West Canfield Street, and near Shinola's Detroit headquarters and watch factory.
• outside the College for Creative Studies. The pole-mounted clock can be found at the corner of West Milwaukee Street and Cass Avenue.

Crain's first reported Shinola's plans for city clocks last month. The clock outside Cobo will be relocated to a new Cobo Square, linking the north-facing side of the building — where the new food court is located — with West Jefferson Avenue.

"City clocks became popular fixtures as early as the mid-1800s," said Shinola President Jacques Panis. "The Kern's clock downtown was always a popular meeting spot after it was introduced in the 1930s. We thought it was fitting for Detroit to have some more city clocks."

The design of the clock face is inspired by Shinola's upcoming pocket watch.

The clocks were produced by Electric Time Co. Inc., based in Medfield, Mass. One of the few remaining manufacturers of city clocks, it made the clock that tops Tiffany & Co.'s famous Fifth Avenue store in New York City.