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Baird Hawkins - c/o Bazzani Associates (616) 774-2002 - x15
Guy Bazzani - c/o Bazzani Associates (616) 774-2002 - x12
Grand Rapids, MI, December 11, 2013 (Bazzani Associates) -
Bazzani Associates and the Kingsley Building owner group of Al George, Bill Frost and Offsite Lake Drive LLC announce the return of the historic five-foot diameter Seth-Thomas clock to the Kingsley Building in Eastown, located at 1415 Lake Drive. The Seth-Thomas Company built the original clock in September of 1926.
Erected in 1927, the five-story Kingsley Building was designed by renowned architect George S. Kingsley who featured large clocks in many of his designs. The clock is located at the fifth floor level on the West façade facing Lake Drive. The original clock works had been removed decades ago and a square, modern clock was placed in front of the original clock face.
The square clock was removed this past summer and the remnants of the original clock frame, face and other elements were then removed for evaluation and restoration. As the clock was restored, the original terra cotta bezel that surrounded the original clock face was returned to its original off-white color.
The historically restored clock utilizes the original cast iron frame and all of the pieces of the original clock that were still usable. The clock face is backlit from dawn to dusk each day.
The clock restoration took four months to complete and was performed by Grand Rapids clockmaker Ian Macartney and his company Lumichron. Lumichron has also done the two new skeletal clocks on the new downtown Amtrak train station and the double-sided entry clock at the new Fulton Street Farmer's Market.
"This clock is an iconic feature of many of George Kingsley's designs and it's important that it has been restored and reinstalled, said Bazzani." Mr. Hawkins said, "You can see this clock from 3 blocks away down Lake Drive." "It's an exciting original element brought back to life."
About Bazzani Associates
Bazzani Associates is the leading green developer in West Michigan concentrating on urban core projects. Guy Bazzani leads West Michigan with his expertise in sustainable business practices through his firm's architectural design, construction, and real estate services. With more than 25 years of experience in commercial and residential development, Guy manages a team of experienced professionals dedicated to inventive solutions in green building technologies, historic preservation and urban revitalization.