Glass shattered on historic Concord Main Street clock tower
The police are investigating possible vandalism of the historic clock tower on North Main Street.
A cab driver noticed one of the tower’s glass panels had been shattered and reported the damage to a Concord police officer on foot patrol about 12:15 a.m. Sunday, Lt. Timothy O’Malley said.
“It looks like the damage was intentional,” O’Malley said.
O’Malley said the police couldn’t find anyone in the area who saw what had happened.
“The officer did check the area and couldn’t find any witnesses, nor was it easy to determine when it happened,” O’Malley said.
The clock tower just outside Eagle Square is owned by the New Hampshire Historical Society. Executive Director Bill Dunlap said he’s not sure what caused the thick tempered glass plate to break.
“Our assumption is it likely was vandalism, but it’s possible there are other theories,” Dunlap said.
A car or other equipment could have accidentally hit the panel to damage it, Dunlap said. The clock, which dates back to the 1870s, was not damaged, but the shards of the broken panel have been replaced by a plywood board until the glass can be replaced.
“It all just crumbled into a million pieces,” Dunlap said.
The clock was first installed in the tower of a Concord building in 1872, Dunlap said, but it spent decades during the 20th century in the Midwest. A group of Concord residents tracked down the clock and raised money for its current tower in 1998.
The clock tower was damaged several years ago in a similar incident Dunlap said might also have been vandalism.
Dunlap said the historical society has insurance to help cover some of the repair cost, and he expected the new plate of glass to be installed “any day now.”
“It’s always disappointing when there’s an act of vandalism or an accident . . . but we take our responsibility to care for that clock very seriously, so when this kind of thing happens, we have to pay the bill and put it back together,” Dunlap said.
Anyone with information can call the Concord Regional Crimeline at 226-3100.
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