Ayres Clock & Cherub

Getting Ready for the Holidays!

Indiana Landmarks is leading efforts to complete restoration of the iconic Ayres Clock in Indianapolis in time for the famous cherub’s arrival.

Ayres Clock Repairs

Marking Time

In 2016, Indiana Landmarks spearheaded a campaign to repair the inner workings of Indianapolis’s iconic Ayres Clock. This year, we turned our attention to the exterior, where a team of local craftsmen assembled to repair, clean, and wax the clock’s historic bronze case.

L.S. Ayres Department Store installed the 10,000-pound, 8-foot-tall clock at the southwest corner of Washington and Meridian streets in 1936. The store added to the clock’s cachet in 1947 with the addition of a bronze cherub, which magically appeared to perch on the clock from Thanksgiving through Christmas. It’s been a beloved Indianapolis holiday tradition ever since.

Along with the clock’s case, the cherub is being cleaning and waxed in preparation for its Thanksgiving eve arrival.

Ayres Clock with Cherub

Support and Receive a Cherub of Your Own!

Ayres Clock Cherub pinIndiana Landmarks is leading repair and financing efforts for the project, which is estimated to cost around $65,000. Donations of $100 or more will receive a custom commemorative pin depicting the Ayres clock and cherub, a perfect holiday accessory!

Contribute to the project here — be sure to note “Ayres Clock” in the comment field — or call 317-822-7922.