Category Archives: clock tower

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Clock (Marina Bay, Quincy, MA)

Date Of Visit: June 17, 2018

Location: 308 Victory Rd, Marina Bay, Quincy, MA

Cost: Free

Parking: There is street parking and a big parking lot located across the street

Handicapped Accessible: Yes

Dog Friendly: Yes

Website: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Clock TowerIMG_1794

Once the site of a military training base, Marina Bay in Quincy, MA, is the perfect place for a military tribute.

The clock tower, which was dedicated in 1987, stands 85 feet tall.  The base of the tower, which is dedicated to the men of Quincy who died as a result of the war in Vietnam, is 16 feet by 16 feet.  The tower is built of brick and granite and has a gold leaf cupola.  And, yes, the clock still keeps good time.




During the course of the year, the city and other organizations hold special events during important military related holidays such as Veterans Day or other noteworthy days.

Forty eight men from Quincy died either during the Vietnam War or later due to injuries they sustained from the war.  The most recent name to be added was Capt. Alan Brudno.  Capt. Brudno died in 2004 after suffering from PTSD which he was afflicted with after being held as a POW for 2,675 days.

A quote from President Kennedy and the names of all of the men from Quincy who passed away during or after the war are etched on the tower.




Small shops and restaurants dot the boardwalk along the bay.  The views from the boardwalk located behind the tower offers pretty views of Boston and the surrounding area.


Besides the obvious sentimental value of the monument at Marina Bay, this was also sentimental for me for a very different reason.

I have spent many days and nights at Marina Bay (and not just to partake in the nightlife the area offers).  I used to work in the building directly across the street from the monument.


The Marina Bay area has changed a lot since the days I spent working there.  But, that’s a topic for another blog post.

There is a surprising amount of wildlife and animal habitat in the area.  Seals are often found in the bay during the winter and I vaguely remember avoiding a turkey and deer (before they began developing he area) on my way to work in the past.

I did see this little critter during my photo shoot.


I also saw Sassy, a 12 year old mixed breed dog, during my visit.


Ludlow Clock Tower (Ludlow, MA)

Date Of Visit: March 25, 2017

Location: Ludlow Mills, East St and State St, Ludlow, MA (about 2 hours west of Boston, MA and 15 minutes northeast of Springfield, MA)

Parking: There is a parking lot at ghe side and rear of the building.  There is also parking available in nearby parking lots



A few of the great things about New England are the old buildings and historical structures.  It’s funny how we can become attached to inanimate objects.  However, I don’t really consider these buildings as being dead or never having been alive in the first place.  The people and the activity in the buildings give them an energy and a life of their own.  Yeah, I really do have strong feelings about brick, stone and concrete structures.  Maybe I should look into that.

Buildings and structures (especially abandoned ones) are like living, breathing entities with countless stories to tell.  They are not just buildings.  They become fixtures of their communities.  Such as the case with the Ludlow Clock Tower and Lower Mills area.  In fact, the the clock tower is such a prominent fixture of the town it is depicted on the town seal.

Oddly, the clock remains stuck at 10 past twelve o’clock at the front facing clock and 11:45 at the side facing clock (it was a little after 10 a.m. when I took the photos).


The Ludlow Clock Tower, or at least the building attached to it, is scheduled to be renovated as part of the Massachusetts 351 Project.  As part of this project, some of the space will be set aside for senior housing by the  WinnDevelopment corporation.  Some of the space will also be taken by HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital which is estimated to cost $288 million and  house 53 hospital beds.

Although it is good the space will be put to good use, it is sad the once prominent manufacturing facility will be renovated.  With the walls, bricks, and probably a little asbestos, a lot of history and memories will be demolished.

The clock tower , which was constructed as part of the complex in 1886 by the Ludlow Manufacturing and Sales Company, has seen various business and tenants roam its hallways over the years.  The commercial space has seen many changes from the horse and buggy days to the current days of motorized vehicles.



At its height in the 1920’s, before the Great Depression, the commercial space is said to have employed over 4,000 people.  Now it stands largely unoccupied in stark contrast to the busy manufacturing powerhouse it used to be.

Like many other buildings and facilities, the Lower Mills facility fell victim to modernization.  Lower Mills stopped their operations in the 1960s.  Currently, 38 small businesses occupy the space.

Een though the building and neighborhood will clearly be better for the renovations and modernization (there is also a river walk way being considered), I can’t help feeling the neighborhood will lose just a little of its charm.