Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: Serendipity Sundays - Clock Watching

Serendipity Sundays - Clock Watching

Serendipity Sundays - Clock Watching

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When in Downtown Clarksville TN you will notice many historic buildings. One of these is the Montgomery County Courthouse which is over a hundred years old. On top of this building is a tower with an eagle on top and lots of granite detail work and a clock.

Many old buildings especially the public buildings were built with a clock tower. This was an important feature years ago when not everyone had a watch. Today almost everyone has a cellphone and knows exactly what time it is. They no longer wear wrist watches or need to look up at clock towers to see the time. My guess is most Clarksvillians don't even know it is up there.

The question is if this clock should stop working would it be important to repair it? My guess is the repair would be very expensive and as time moves on the parts will be harder and harder to get. I am not sure that would be a good way to spend the taxpayer's money.

 

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Serendipity Sundays - Clock Watching

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Comment balloon 19 commentsDebbie Reynolds • August 20 2016 02:25PM

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Debbie,

We saw a fun romantic film on Serendipity, called Serendipity, which inspired me to create a Serendipity map to map all those who coincidences.  I was thinking of that as I came upstairs to write more comments.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 2 years ago

Debbie

That's a great clock and neat architecture. You do have to wonder what if...but perhaps some kind-hearted soul will donat funds to repair it if that should happen.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 2 years ago

I agree that it would be money poorly spent, but I am sure that they would spend it anyway. 

Nobody wants to be the mayor of a town with a broken clock tower.  And it is not their money that they are spending.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) almost 2 years ago

Debbie we have some gorgeous clock towers in some old buildings here as well.  Buildings with this kind of charm and quality are not built anymore.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 2 years ago

Debbie, I think it would be very sad if they didn't repair the clocks as needed! And that is a beautiful clock!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 2 years ago

Hi Debbie Reynolds ,  I remember when i lived in an apartment, downtown across from the court house. (Until I was 10 years old)  They had a clock on all 4 sides of the tower and it chimed every quarter hour and then on the hour it chimed the same number of times as was the hour.  I remember climbing all those steps and seeing the gears that ran those clocks and bells. It was impressive and the gears were huge.  You're right. It probably would cost a lot to repair it.  If it didn't chime I probably would have been late for dinner, as you could hear it all over the village.

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) almost 2 years ago

I'm betting that clock adds a whole lot of charm to the community.  If I was stuck clock watching, that'd be the clock I'd want to be stuck with.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 2 years ago

A very nice building where this clock lives Debbie.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) almost 2 years ago

I still like seeing the clock tower when I am downtown, Noah Seidenberg.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

Not too many folks look up from their cell phones to watch clocks or enjoy the pretty architecture, Myrl Jeffcoat.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

I haven't heard a chime in a long time and thinking about it makes me a little sad, Larry Johnston.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

For now it is working but not sure the future will be so bright for the clock Andrea Swiedler.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

They are too expensive George Souto and not sure anyone would appreciate them. 

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

Good point Bob Crane about being mayor with a broken clock.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

I would imagine someone would step up Jeff Dowler.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

That is pure coincidence Ron and Alexandra Seigel.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

I love the photo. I hope the clock will not stop working. 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 2 years ago

Yes, clocks need to be fixed to maintain traditions.

Thanks for sharing your photograph.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) almost 2 years ago

You are making a great point Debbie.  Most people don't look at clocks or at watches these days - case in point is Big Ben in London - which has broken numerous times and the City of London has chosen to fix it at great expense because it is a tourist attraction, but there is a lot of controversy around that choice, particularly among young people!

Posted by Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home) almost 2 years ago

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