Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children

 

Kirk Clock Tower Kirk Clock Tower

Dedicated: 11-11-11



Dr. Gerald Kirk’s vision for the Owasso Baptist Children’s Home campus is for it to be a beautiful place for children to come and live.  To make that vision a reality, Gerald and his wife, Madanelle, have given the campus over 140 red maple and redbud trees. Dr. Kirk said that his dream is for the children here to be able to walk and play on “a carpet of red leaves” every fall. This fall many of those trees have turned a gorgeous red and have indeed made our campus a beautiful place for children.

Another part of the Kirk vision was for the campus to have a “clock tower." That vision also became a reality on November 11, 2011 as the “Kirk Clock Tower” was dedicated with Dr. and Mrs. Kirk cutting the ribbon. The entire campus gathered along with some of OBHC’s long time friends. To celebrate the event, participants released helium-filled balloons into the November sky to give thanks to God for great things He has done. The Kirk’s were recognized with a plaque that included the Scripture verse form Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven." A bronze plaque will be installed permanently on the tower with the same inscription honoring the Kirks. Tony Kennedy, President of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, shared closing remarks and led in prayer.

The Kirk Clock Tower was designed by architect Janene Wooster of Design Resources, Inc. It stands 15 feet tall and is made out of brick with concrete block and rebar inside.

The tower has two clocks that operate independently and face east and west. The roof is made out of copper-colored metal with a two-foot cross on top. The Oklahoma Baptist Children’s Home logo is on the north face of the tower.

Electrical work was done by Hughes Electric, Inc. The clock tower was constructed by HomeScape Construction, LLC with manager Phillip Fingerle.

The clock tower is sure to be a campus landmark for generations to come, and the Owasso Baptist Children’s Home is grateful for the vision of Dr. and Mrs. Kirk and several other donors who made the clock tower a reality.


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