The New York Times reported on the New York, Westchester and Boston Railway Administration Building’s $66 million renovation in its January 31, 2013 edition. The historic Bronx New York USA building, built in 1912 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was the recipient of an Electric Time Company backlit tower clock.
Citnalta Corporation, the general contractor for the renovation, purchased the custom clock to replace the clock that had once graced the facade. The 45″ diameter clock resides under the sculptural head of Mercury – the Roman god of swift travel.
As detailed in the article:
“What the project did not include – at first – was a clock under the figure of Mercury, where one had once been. No money was budgeted for this extra touch. But then Michael Gargiulo, the president of Citnalta, visited the site. “He didn’t think it looked right without a clock,” said Matthew Blitch, the vice president of the company. The contractors learned that they could buy a 45-inch diameter clock with Roman numerals from the Electric Time Company of Medfield, Mass., for $8,000. That cost, and the labor to install it, were Citnalta’s extra contribution to the project. “It adds so much to the facade of the building,” Mr. Blitch said.”