Samuels' Clock, San Francisco
A full shot of the clock.
The clock's original inscription.
The inner workings of the clock.
Backstory and Context
Sadly, in recent years the historic clock has become the target of vandals and graffiti artists and San Franciscans are more likely to see the clock damaged and boarded up than fully functional. James Flood, the owner of the nearby Flood Building, has been paying for the clock to be repaired for the last 20 years, whether it breaks on its own or is the target of vandals.
According to Flood, what used to be a twice a year occurrence now happens twice a month. Indeed, the clock today is usually only right twice a day. Though the clock is a city landmark, maintenance falls upon the owner of whichever private land it stands on. According to Flood, the owner of the land has historically abandoned this duty, leaving it up to him to maintain this piece of history.
Rainey, Libby. SF’s landmark repeatedly vandalized. SF Gate. July 26, 2016. Accessed May 21, 2017. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SF-s-landmark-repeatedly-vandalized-8414473.php.