The Restoration of the Dial


On Friday, May 19, 2017, employees from the Hilgartner Natural Stone Co. removed the Dial to commence restoration work.  Hilgartner, based in Baltimore and founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and prestigious stone masons in the country.  Their recent work ranges from developing and fabricating the marble bases for statues in front of Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium to redoing the granite steps at Baltimore's City Hall.  

The restoration process will take 8-10 weeks.  During that time, Hilgartner will disassemble the Dial, clean it with a PH neutral solution, cut out and patch areas of distress, reseal and secure cracks in the pedestal and reassemble with a stainless rod for added strength. 

But when the Dial is brought back to the Yard, it will be housed in a new surrounding.  In addition to the restoration, a 10' diameter brick hardscape will be built that will provide the Dial with an eye-catching safe space.  Also, a bas relief bronze marker commemorating Benjamin Banneker, the historic African-American surveyor, astronomer and mathematician, who the Dial honors will be installed at the entrance to the hardscape. 

Artist's rendering of the completed Dial restoration initiative

When this is complete, which will be in mid-to-late August 2017, it will change the landscape of the Yard at Howard University just like the Lampados Club did in 1929.

Just like in 1929, what's being done is historic.  The total cost of this initiative is almost $25,000.  We need your help.  Be a part of history and make a donation to this historic cause. 

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