The hexagonal clock mounted above the front door of the former Cra-Bell Vacuum and Appliance Co. building at 216 Westheimer Rd. was stolen over the weekend. Derek Brotherton of Scott-Day Paint & Supply, the company that’s inhabited the building since 1963, tells Swamplot that he and coworkers noticed the disappearance this morning, and that they are “deeply upset over losing part of the character of the store.” Photos above show the clock in place (above, in an older image) and gone missing (at top, taken this morning). Brotherton says he believes the clock had been in its current position since the building was constructed in 1935 — or shortly thereafter. Back then, the street was named Hathaway; it now sits on the north side of Westheimer between Helena and Mason.
The clock had not been in working order for some time. But Brotherton tells Swamplot the store is about to do some interior remodeling, and was planning on working on the exterior after that, including the clock and the signage. The building is owned by Brotherton’s family.
Brotherton is asking anyone who has any information about the clock’s whereabouts or who witnessed anything pertaining to the removal of the clock to email him directly at this address.
Photos: Scott-Day Paint & Supply