Piece of history returning to Dayton skyline

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – An old landmark is returning to Dayton’s skyline. Wednesday, Carillon Historical Park broke ground on a site that will support the restored Callahan Clock.

A structure, renamed the Brethen Tower in honor of the family who supported the project, will soar more than 100 feet above the western corner of Carillon Park.

“It really is one of those iconic pieces from Dayton’s landscape,” said Brady Kress, the CEO and president of Carillon Park.

The large clock sat atop the Callahan building, later called the Gem City Savings building, before moving near I-75 and U.S. 35. Dayton History inherited the clock in 2006.

“As a child I remember seeing the clock and I always thought it was a great thing to have on the skyline and it was disappointing when it was removed from the skyline,” said David Brethen.

The Brethen Foundation donated $500,000 to restore the clockworks and build the new tower. The family also contributed to help build Carillon Park’s iconic carousel.

“This clock really means a lot more to the city than you’d think. It’s just burned in the memory of the people that grew up here and that have been living here for years and years,” said Brethen.

Visitors will be able to climb the new clock tower to an observation deck, lined with educational panels. The clock will be visible from I-75.

Kress said restoring the clock is not only part of the park’s master plan; it’s also a legacy for the city.

“It’s a gift not only here at Carillon Park, but a gift to the community to see this back up in the sky. And we’ll have a timepiece for people to tell time from,” said Kress.

The project is scheduled for completion this summer and Kress is planning a dedication ceremony for late August or early September.

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