First Parish Congregational Church, Saco, ME • 1875 E. Howard #2 Tower Clock

The original scope of work (in 2000) was to restore the accurate function of the time train and to restore the striking train (which had suffered a severe malfunction with 2 brass gears missing and numerous components badly damaged). After a tragic fire, no trace could be found of the heavy cast iron base, legs and leg braces (which had been left in the tower during the restoration of the other components). The church decided to restore the clock as it was the sole remaining physical link with their history. Foundry patterns were constructed to original specifications and a new flat bed box frame, legs, and leg braces were cast in iron. The original components were mounted on the new, accurately machined base which was painted and lettered to match the original design. Missing gears were fabricated and all remaining parts restored and polished. This fully restored clock is now in the brand new church steeple where it will once again do the work for which it was designed 130 years ago.
Contact: Robert A. Frailey, Construction Committee Chairman (207) 283-3771

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PICTURES PRIOR TO RESTORATION
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TO PICTURES OF COMPLETED RESTORATION
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Newly fabricated cast iron base, legs and braces.
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Original time train and striking train components positioned on newly fabricated cast iron base, legs and braces.