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It's Time For This Clock To Return Home To Union Terminal

Ann Thompson
Workers remove this historic clock from the Town Center garage that has been there since the early 1970s.

A clock that was housed under a bubble in the Town Center parking garage at 1223 Central Parkway (home to CET and WVXU) will soon return home to Union Terminal. Workers removed it Thursday morning.

Some people have walked past this clock hundreds of times without knowing anything about it.

Credit Bill Rinehart / WVXU

But the 5-foot diameter clock has a rich history, according to the Cincinnati Museum Center's Nick Massa, content production specialist. "In the 1970s when they tore down the train concourse, the city brought it here (to the parking garage under CET) to preserve it," Massa explains. "With the restoration of the building, we thought it was a good time to bring it back home."

It took three workers to lift the clock out of its current housing. At times it was awkward. Its next stop? Home to the Museum Center.

"The train concourse was about 450 feet long and some people might remember there was a big mosaic of the United States at the back," Massa says. "Mounted on the ceiling above it was this clock and it was so passengers coming through this station would know what time it was so they weren't late for their train."

Once the clock is in the Museum Center's hands, it plans to assess the clock's condition and come up with a plan on where it will be displayed.