WATCH: Dayton’s historic Callahan Clock moves into its new home

The historic Callahan Clock that stood over Dayton’s skyline for more than a century was moved to its new home today.

The clock, also known as the Gem City Clock, was set atop the Brethren Tower at Carillon Park in a ceremony this morning.


Dayton History announced last November that the Brethen Foundation was helping the park with restoring the historic Callahan Clock to the local skyline. For decades, the clock was a familiar sight first over downtown Dayton, then much later over motorists speeding along Interstate 75 through downtown.

Dayton History announced the $500,000 gift from the Dayton-based Robert Brethen Foundation last November to “lift the historic Callahan Clock into the air and return this well-known landmark to Dayton’s skyline.”

• FROM THE ANNOUNCEMENT: Historic clock to stand 100 feet above Carillon Park

The clock was the crown on top of the Callahan Building, sometimes referred to as Dayton’s first skyscraper. Located at the northeast corner of Third and Main streets, the original building, with a sharply peaked roofline, was completed in 1892.

It was part of Dayton’s skyline until 2006, when Reynolds and Reynolds relocated its headquarters from the Germantown Street location where the clock had stood since the late 1970s.

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