There’s an on-going push to build a new clock and bell tower at the corner of Sixth and Broadway, which is a project that would essentially return a prominent piece of Rochester’s rich history to a distinguished part of downtown. The campaign is called “It’s Time to Bring Back The Clock,” and it’s a community-wide effort to match a $100,000 donation from a local resident that would bring the city one-step closer to reaching the $270,000 to $300,000 it would take to build the brand new structure.
Although the tower itself will be new, the clock and bell both date all the way back to 1899 when each was used to call area firefighters to work, and also mark the hours next to the old Central fire station at Broadway and Fourth.
The plan to build the new tower at Sixth and Broadway is of course intentional and designed to be located near the clock’s original location, not to mention near where Fire Department Station 1 still stands.
According to reports, $62,000 of the $100,000 has already been raised, and anyone interested in donating to the cause can do so at the Rochester Area Foundation website.