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San Jose Clock Tower

San Jose Clock Tower Restoration Project

The tower on the 1892 San Jose Post Office building (which now houses the San Jose Museum of Art) was a bit more magnificent than it is today.   Damaged by the 1906 earthquake, it was only partially restored to its original height.  It was rebuilt high enough to house the magnificent Nels Johnson Century Clock, which served as the time standard for San Jose in the early days.  But the 1,700 pound McNeely Bell was meant to be placed up higher in the never completed clock tower belfry.  

Visit the Clock Tower website and the Clock Tower FaceBook page to find fascinating pictures, history and information about the amazing clock and bell inside the tower.

You can help by donating to the San Jose Clock Tower Fund which is now receiving tax deductible donations to fully restore this architectural legacy. 

Checks, payable to Preservation Action Council of San Jose, may be sent to: PAC-SJ, History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112. Please indicate the donation is for the San Jose Clock Tower Fund.  PAC*SJ is a 501 c 3 non profit organization and donations are tax deductible as permitted by law.

You can also donate using your credit card by calling (408) 998-8105 or through PayPal.

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