You may have noticed something that looks new in the Square these days-12 foot-tall clock in front of Harvard Trust.
Actually, the clock was there since before' 1921, but has been in safekeeping for the last six years during the seemingly eternal rebuilding of Harvard Square.
For a clock, it has had a long and illustrious history. According to Baybank, in the early 60's an errant truck sidewsiped it, smashing the time-keeper but leaving the post intact. Similar tragedy befell the clock in 1964 when another semitrailer ran over the landmark demolishing both the clock, and its post. In July 1965, the bank reinstalled the clock one more time, but a Harvard Trust's distinctive clock is back in business.
little further in from the street to give it a fighting chance against wayward trucks.
Through the turbulence of the '60s and '70s the clock stood steady, until subway construction and redirecting of streets and sidewalks forced its removal in 1979. With a redesigned clock face, a replica of the original made by the F. Howard Clock Co., the piece reappeared in late December.