St. Matthew’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church
Charleston, South Carolina
About This Project
As part of this tower clock upgrade, Christoph Paccard Bell Foundry tower clock craftsmen designed a new set of four tower clocks that are similar to the old tower clocks in appearance – but with major design improvements including a larger overall size for better proportions to the church bell tower, easier to read tower clock faces with minute tick marks and roman numeral hour markers constructed in bas relief, high-quality construction using solid rolled 3/8” thick powder coated aluminum clock T-rings supporting ½” thick translucent milky white cast acrylic tower clock faces to replace the cheaply produced thin plastic.
Individual, high-quality heavy duty tower clock motors with stainless steel and bronze gears drive the clock hands; a special worm gear is part of the movement that protects the movements and clock hands against high wind loads such as that which constantly buffets the St. Matthew tower clocks which are located 125’ in the air in the coastal Charleston, South Carolina environment.
The tower clocks are backlit with high quality LED backlighting controlled by a photocell and the entire system of church bells and clocks are automatically controlled by a state-of-the-art Christoph Paccard Bell Foundry cast bronze bell and tower clock control system with GPS precision.
Additionally, the design of these tower clocks is that the tower clock faces can be removed and pulled inside into the tower clock chamber of the tower. The purpose of this design feature is to provide access for any external service to the building structure at that level, to be able to easily and safely service the tower clocks, and also so that any future work required inside the tower can be accessed by the opening of the tower by backing one or all four of the Christoph Paccard tower clocks inside the tower clock chamber.
The finely detailed yet heavy gauge construction of these tower clocks and the mounting techniques are designed to make this an heirloom quality tower clock instrument that will last for generations of future parishioners of Saint Matthew’s Church, not to mention the thousands of Charlestonians, college students and visitors who appreciate the service that St. Matthew’s provides in marking the days of our lives.