The New Old Holly Street Clock

Holly Street Clock and the Shops on Holly signage

Holly Street Clock and the Shops on Holly signage

A stately vintage-style corner clock has taken its proud perch at the corner of Holly Street and Fair Oaks Avenue to anchor what property owner, Jim Plotkin, has christened “The Shops on Holly”. Jim conceived of this project about a year ago and has been working diligently with historians, design experts, and city officials to design, manufacture and install an authentically styled clock to crown the unique independent mix of stores and restaurants that line Holly Street.

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Neon and metal - manufacture of the new clock

The clock was designed by Hunt Design, a prestigious Pasadena firm specializing in signage and exhibit design. Synced to the official atomic clock, it will always show the exact time.  Constructed of aluminum and including neon and LED lighting, it is regally mounted on the Holly Building corner and looks east down Holly toward our City Hall, crowning Lula Mae, one of the delightful independent retailers that has seven years success at that location.

Brackets installed on the corner of the Holly Building

Brackets installed on the corner of the Holly Building

James Macpherson, editor of Pasadena Now, recently wrote a wonderful piece titled “A New Icon Is Born”.   Click here to read it.

Two cranes hoisted the clock into place

Two cranes hoisted the clock into place

As Jim would like to hear everyone to say, “See you under the clock…”

Neon and LED lighting glows in the night

Neon and LED lighting glows in the night

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4 Responses to “The New Old Holly Street Clock”

  1. Hanna Wood Says:

    Jim,

    Congratulations on your wonderful clock! What a great addition to Holly Street and to Old Pasadena.

    Hanna

  2. James Macpherson Says:

    What a wonderful addition to Old Pasadena! Both day and night, this new iconic, functioning art shines bright. Congratulations to Jim Plotkin!

  3. Cafe Pasadena Says:

    I was gonna say, how have I missed seeing this in Old Town?! Now I know why – it’s NEW!

    A nice new addition to the old. Ditto the congrats to Mr Plotkin.

  4. Brigham Yen Says:

    I walked by last night and smiled when I saw this new clock! We could use more detailed pieces like that through out downtown Pasadena.

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