Landmark Clock Again Ticks In Downtown Lexington

Sep 17, 2013

A downtown landmark in Lexington is back in the spot it occupied for 80 years on Main Street.  During preparations for the World Equestrian Games, the Skuller’s Street Clock was removed for repairs.  After the needed funds were raised, the clock was refurbished by the Verdin and Company of Cincinnati.  Tommy Verdin’s family has managed the business for six generations.

Credit Charles Bertram / Lexington Herald Leader

“I would like somebody to look at this clock, look at the picture as what it looked like in the early 1900’s,  they’re gonna know that it was redone but I don’t want them to be able to say they changed this, they changed that.  I want it to look just like it did then,” said Verdin.

Betty Kerr, Director of the Lexington Historic Preservation Office, says the street clock is one of only a select few across the country.

“There are not a great many of them surviving today.  We know of about 50, but given they made hundreds of them back in the day, that’s a wonderful thing to have that many.  We’re delighted to have this one as one of those,” said Kerr.

The Skuller’s Street Clock was returned to Lexington today.  And a “Reset the Clock” ceremony is planned for Friday evening.