Saving the old DHS clock tower

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

DENISON, Tex. -- The fate of the old Denison High School clock tower is still yet to be determined. City officials say they are still in negotiations with the contractor to see if the clock tower can be saved.

Several organizations have shown interest in purchasing the clock tower, but it is still unclear whether or not it can be brought down intact.

Officials say they expect to make a decision in the next couple of weeks.

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DENISON, Tex. -- It's one of the last parts of the old Denison High School left standing. The Denison City Council discussed ways to save the clock tower in the meeting Monday night..

The contractor's latest estimate to safely remove the clock tower is about $38,000. He told city officials that he plans to remove the tower in one piece, but may have to break it into multiple pieces in the excavation.

City leaders have previously discussed saving the clock tower and using it as part of a new library. Many members of the community have expressed also interest in saving the recognizable piece of the old building.

Shelly McBride, who was not involved in the efforts to save the Old High School, spoke in the meeting. He said those who were rallying to save the building do not plan to contribute to save the clock tower. He described their point of view as "too little, too late."

The council authorized Mayor Robert Brady to negotiate saving the clock tower up to $38,000.


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  • by Mork Location: Ork on Oct 9, 2007 at 05:33 AM
    Maybe Shelly McBride will write a song about the old High School. The title can be "let it go louie, let it go"
  • by August Location: Lubbock on Oct 7, 2007 at 12:54 PM
    As the clock tower currently stands, removing it from the roof should not be such a hard task. The tower is basically composed of a 3 level wooden structure and a light weight galvanized steel revetment which includes the four segmented pediments (the half circle arches above the clock faces) and the cornice work that runs the course separating the base from the actual clock tower. The dome, a typical motif on Spanish Colonial/Mission Revival bell towers, is made up of several arch segments attached at the top with several segments of galvanized steel, originally painted red to match the roof. The clock mechanics as well as the clock faces are in serious need of repair due to past exposure to the elements and vandalism. As the tower was likely constructed in pieces, it should be able to be removed like wise which would make repairs and reconstruction more efficient. Save this beautiful element of the old school, it is well worth the expense.
  • by Yellow Rose Location: Texas on Oct 6, 2007 at 10:57 AM
    The building was in the hands of the school district, and historical groups for the past 20 years. It was not the City's building. The historical groups squandered the big bucks they raised, and couldn't find a use for the building. And now the hystericals are going to turn their noses up at the clock tower effort. Give me a break and tear it down!
  • by kw Location: ok on Oct 6, 2007 at 10:31 AM
    the way it looks to me,these people are on a big power trip,and destroying what the public wants to save makes them feel like saddam,,or bin laden
  • by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2007 at 06:08 AM
    I'm glad I live in Sherman. They work on progess and moving towards the future. This type of mindset keeps Denison strongly rooted in the past. It seems they care more about the past than the future. Don't you have something more meaningful to address? Oh...maybe no tax revenue coming into the city...or maybe that Denison is a dying city.
  • by Buddy Location: Denison on Oct 6, 2007 at 03:06 AM
    at one time I belieived things were possible but now too much has been lost whats the use.time to let it go ,,all of it.
  • by Steven Location: McKinney on Oct 5, 2007 at 09:12 PM
    Why does the mayor and city officials want to save the clock tower but yet they didn't want to save the school? I would rather see it come crashing down then to see them get their hands on it. And I agree with all the ones rallying to save the school. The mayor didn't want to help us save the school but now they want us to contribute money to save the clock tower. Sorry too late!
  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on Oct 5, 2007 at 06:36 PM
    Is there a reason there is still any partr of this building left standing? It looks awful in it's ha;f=demolished state, definitely not worth saving. Bulldoze it down & get it over with.
  • by Kaya Location: anywhere but Denison on Oct 5, 2007 at 02:07 PM
    If the clock tower can't be saved, then AT LEAST save the lightning rod on top! And if you look at the side that still remains intact (facing Watsonburger) on the third floor on either side of a small window are two bronze stars attached to the building. Surely those can be saved? Why can't we keep SOMETHING from this magnificent building?
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Oct 5, 2007 at 01:48 PM
    $38,000 seems kind of steep. Why do we need to save the clock tower? Is it so Doc Brown can hook up the wires to it so it can help send Marty back to the future?
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