New clock in downtown Potsdam graces historic bank, town hall
Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 4:32 pm

By CRAIG FREILICH

POTSDAM -- Potsdam has a new clock on Market Street.

Unlike many unreliable digital clocks we have seen on banks and elsewhere in recent history, this one is in a classic analog style and, so far, has been keeping good time.

The clock is installed on the former Potsdam Town Hall, which now serves as the court building.

The building was extensively renovated with the help of a state Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation grant.

"I'm very happy that we were able with the grant to have enough funds left over at the end to give it one more touch of authenticity," said Town Supervisor Marie Regan.

She said they did research to see what the original clock looked like.

"It is similar to what was there years ago. We couldn't get an exact copy," she said.

The clock cost about $9,530 to purchase and install.

The town hall was there at 35 Market Street for years before the new town hall was built on Elm Street.

Before it was town hall, this building was a bank for many years.

"We hope it will keep good time and that people will enjoy its convenience and beauty," Regan said.