This clock is located at 145 Duane Street which used to be the headquarters of the Nathaniel Company, a shoe wholesaler which had been in business from the 1860s until 1953.
Duane Street was central to the City’s shoe industry.
Their original building at this location was destroyed by fire in 1864 and a new building with a cast-iron facade was built in it’s place. A second fire in 1894 gutted the top floors and severely damaged the lower, but the cast-iron facade survived and the building was repaired. This clock was added sometime after an fire in 1894.
This clock no longer works. I don’t know when it was last operational, but pictures I’ve seen of the building from 2009 and a bit before has the clock showing the same time as mine, the clock is accurate two times each day now.
- Daytonian in Manhattan Blog: http://daytoninmanhattan.blogspot.com/2012/01/1865-nathaniel-fisher-co-bldg-no-146.html
- Ephemeral New York Blog: https://ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com/tag/national-fisher-company-clock-duane-street/
PHOTO: Taken 12 June 2022 with Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III,(aperture priority, 7Artisans 35mm f/0.95 lens) 35mm; f/0.95; ISO 200