Fayette County

UK’s venerable Memorial Hall, nearing 90, gets a (clock) face lift

Tony Kidwell, left, and Ryan Smith with Chasteen Enterprises in Berea repaired woodwork Wednesday around the 6-foot-diameter clock faces on Memorial Hall at the University of Kentucky.
Tony Kidwell, left, and Ryan Smith with Chasteen Enterprises in Berea repaired woodwork Wednesday around the 6-foot-diameter clock faces on Memorial Hall at the University of Kentucky. cbertram@herald-leader.com

Renovation work continues on University of Kentucky Memorial Hall at 610 South Limestone.

The building, which was built in 1929 as a memorial to those who died in World War I, has received a new roof and extensive work on the steeple. Now, crews with Chasteen Enterprises in Berea are working 60 feet off the ground to repair and replace the wood trim around four clock faces on the steeple.

The clock was made by the Seth Thomas Clock Co. in Thomaston, Conn., on Oct. 24, 1928, and continues to keep accurate time. It has been partially retrofitted with digital components, but the main clock workings are original. Chasteen also has repaired and restored most of the windows and doors in the historical building, which is used for lectures and performances.

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