Remember to “spring forward” for Daylight Saving Time. Here are a few clocks to remind you.

Clock at the Pizitz Food Hall. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Welcome to Daylight Saving Time in Alabama, the 2019 springtime edition, or as my priest calls it, the national excuse to “miss church” day.

According to factretriever.com,  the biggest supporters of Daylight Saving Time are golf course operators (generates an extra $400 million in revenue), and the barbecue industry (increases sales of grills).

Interestingly, one of the primary reasons for the time change in the summer was energy efficiency.  Researchers now argue that the increase in air-conditioned homes has offset any savings in lighting.


Don’t forget

So, this morning Sunday, March 10th at 2:00am,  remember the old adage… spring forward an hour. And try to make it to church on time this year. Priests, ministers and preachers everywhere will thank you.

Celebrating Birmingham’s most famous clocks

In recognition of Daylight Saving Time, below are stories and images of the Birmingham area’s most famous clocks from a story Bham Now published earlier this week.

Enjoy!


John Hand Building

Entrance to Birmingham’s John Hand Building, built in 1913. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now
Entrance to Birmingham’s John Hand Building, built in 1913. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

Located on 1st Avenue North and 20th Street, the century old John Hand Building,  was once one of the tallest skyscrapers in the South.  One fourth of Birmingham’s “heaviest corner on earth,” John Hand’s famous clock, located at the curved corner of the building  was part of the entrance into the American Trust and Savings Bank. No longer the building’s “front door,” the clock remains a part of Birmingham’s most beautiful and  photographed buildings.

Pizitz Food Hall Clock

Clock at the Pizitz Food Hall. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now
Clock at the Pizitz Food Hall. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The once  flagship department store for Pizitz,  located at 1821 2nd Avenue North, and built in 1923, we all now know the building today as the Pizitz Food Hall. The developers restored the clock inside the hall to continue the near century old tradition, directing patrons to meet  “under the clock,” before they went shopping.

McWane Science Center – Loveman’s clock

Formerly the clock at the Loveman’s Department Store. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

We tend to forget that Birmingham had two massive department stores on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue North. Built in the 1930s, Loveman’s Department store had its own clock in front of the store that was a gathering place. Of course now it is part of the McWane Science Center.


St. Elias Maronite Church

Located at the doorstep of UAB, across from Bessie Estell Park, St. Elias Maronite Church incorporated a clock within its bellchamber in 1950. If you want to take a tour of the church, visit during their annual Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival in the Spring.

St. Elias Maronite Church. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now
St. Elias Maronite Church. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

Samford University’s Harwell Goodwin Davis Library

Samford University’s Harwell Goodwin Davis Library. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

Built in 1956, the Harwell Goodwin Davis Library is located near the center of the campus. The building was named after the university’s president during World War II and in the early 50s Major Harwell Goodwin Davis.

Birmingham-Southern College – The Edwards Bell Tower

The Edwards Tower at the center of the academic quad at Birmingham-Southern College. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now
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Bell tower on the Birmingham-Southern College campus. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

The Edwards Bell Tower stands 85 feet high and is located on the academic quadrangle at  Birmingham-Southern campus. Built in the 1990s was made possible by a contribution from William James and Julia Stacey Edwards of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Harbor Springs, Mich. The Edwards are Birmingham natives and Birmingham-Southern alumni.


Crestline Village Clock Tower

Crestline Village Clock Tower. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Built in the mid-1990s, the Crestline Village Clock Tower is a guidepost for a bustling commercial district that has shops and restaurants. The village is also home to the Mountain Brook Municipal Complex, Board of Education  and the Emmet O’Neal Library.

Birmingham Public Library – West End

Birmingham Public Library – West End Branch. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

There has been a public library in the West End neighborhood of Birmingham since 1912.  The current library with it’s clock tower was built in 2007 on the site of the Masonic Temple that has burned down a few years beforehand. The present library and clock tower is the center of civic events for the community.

Chelsea Residential Association Clock Tower

Chelsea Clock Tower. Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now

If you traveling on Highway 280, through the city of Chelsea, you probably noticed the 100 foot clock tower.  The tower is part of a planned community in Chelsea, which is one of Birmingham metro’s fastest growing cities. It also tells Auburn football fans coming from a Saturday evening game, they are almost home.


What did we miss?

Did we miss any other clock towers in town?   Feel free to email Bham Now at hello@bhamnow.com

We will gladly do a Clock Tower Part II story.

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.