Posted by: Chris Kretz | June 19, 2009

Detex Watchclock Station

Detex Watchclock Station

Detex Watchclock Station

After learning how the Dowling literary magazine of the late sixties got its name, I was hooked on the idea of finding an existing watchclock station on campus. Not as easy as it may seem. Given extensive remodeling over the years, in addition to the fire of 1974 (which we’ll talk more about in a few weeks), there were none to be found.

Luckily, Al in Security asked around for me and we did pinpoint one lone example in the foyer of the Curtin Center (aka The Carriage House, aka John Astor Hall). This one is a Detex Watchclock Station, embalmed in many layers of paint and unfortunately without its key.

Inside of Detex Watchclock Station

Inside of Detex Watchclock Station

To fill out the picture, here’s a photo from Flickr that shows an intact station. If I turn up any more on campus, I’ll let you know.

Photo by autowitch on Flickr

Photo by autowitch on Flickr

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  1. I work at a college in NorthWest Illinois and for the past 10 years have walked by a DETEX WATCHCLOCK STATION attached prominently to the wall in a room currently used as a copy-room/staff break area. It has mystified me for so many years that today, over lunch break, I decided to see what it is (or was).

    It is in good condition and complete with key/chain/moving lid, looking as if it is just waiting for someone to use it.

  2. cool stuff, i was recently in the Chelsea Hotel in NYC and i saw one. didnt know what it was. now i know THX

    • How much are they worth

      • how much they worth


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