Weekly Photo Challenge: (Extra)Ordinary – Clock

This clock hangs at a downtown corner in Indianapolis on the L.S. Ayres Building. Lyman S. Ayres founded his namesake company in 1872 in Indianapolis. The main store downtown, where this clock is located, opened in 1905. As a child I would occasionally travel downtown with my grandmother for lunch at the L.S. Ayres Tea Room. In those days the downtown confused me but I knew where to find the Ayres building – just look for that clock!

Today, there are many clocks downtown. Almost all are rectangular boxes with bright digits flashing the time, the date, the temperature, the weather forecast, the latest news flashes and whatever else that be posted on a digital message board. The L.S. Ayres company is long gone disappearing into a morass of buyouts and mergers. But this simple analog clock hanging on the side of an old building still stands out in my mind as one of the extraordinary icons of the downtown area.

Clock on the L.S. Ayres Building
Clock on the L.S. Ayres Building
Above the Washington Street entrance to the L.S. Ayres Building
Above the Washington Street entrance to the L.S. Ayres Building

See more of this challenge at the Weekly Photo Challenge: (Extra)Ordinary!

6 Comments

  1. Great piece! My family is from Indianapolis (I was born there but moved as an infant) and my Grandmother worked at Ayres so I know the clock well. She even had a clock charm on her charm bracelet. She used to say when friends would get together downtown they would always say “I’ll meet you under the clock”. Quite a landmark.

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