A real estate investor with decades of experience, Cameel Halim founded and oversees the Halim Time and Glass Museum in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois. Aside from showcasing hundreds of antique clocks and stained-glass artworks handpicked by Cameel Halim and his family, the museum also provides a variety of wedding reception venues.
For large groups, the Halim Time and Glass Museum recommends the Wisteria Room on the fourth floor. A majestic stained-glass dome crowns the ceiling, depicting a wisteria vine in bloom. Also featured in the room are windows designed by the renowned Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company.
Smaller groups may opt for the Garden Room, recommended for receptions of up to 40 guests. Couples may also choose the rooftop garden, which offers a breathtaking view of downtown Evanston. During the evening, the garden radiates with light.
The Museum Cafe Gallery is a viable option for smaller groups as well. Adorned with beautiful artwork, the space is ideal for smaller special occasions. To learn more, please visit halimmuseum.org.
An alumnus of Cairo University with a BS in civil engineering, Cameel Halim is as an experienced investor and property manager in the northern Chicago suburb of Wilmette. Moreover, Cameel Halim oversees operations at the Halim Time and Glass Museum, which offers a variety of unique services, including timepiece restoration support, beyond its display of 1,100 vintage and rare clocks.
Timepiece restoration services at the Halim Time and Glass Museum provide individuals and families with an opportunity to restore a sentimental or valuable timepiece to working order while getting marks and accumulated grime cleaned from it. The expert clockmakers at the Halim Time and Glass Museum are capable of restoring a wide variety of timepieces, from pocket watches to full-sized clocks. However, the restoration shop does not accept wristwatch restoration projects at this time.
To reach the restoration shop directly, please call (224) 714-5611. For more general information, visit www.halimmuseum.org.
While serving as the president of CH Ventures, LLC, Cameel Halim also oversees the Halim Time and Glass Museum in Chicago (www.halimmuseum.org). It is home to stained-glass masterpieces and more than a thousand timepieces selected from the personal collection of Cameel Halim and his family. One of his recent acquisitions is a stained-glass window by renowned American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Called the Ascension, the Tiffany window is composed of thousands of individual glass pieces. It was initially installed in the Trinity Episcopal Church in Newark, Ohio, before the institution decided to close its doors after failing to raise enough funds for the preservation of the church’s deteriorating structure.
The window depicts Christ’s departure from Earth, with angels guiding Him on both sides. The Biblical event is a recurrent theme in Christian art.
Tiffany’s Ascension was saved from imminent destruction when the contractor handling the church’s demolition contacted Halim, who then bought the window immediately. According to the website of the Halim Time and Glass Museum, the window would have been sold to stained glass brokers if no one had decided to purchase it, which would likely have resulted in its being broken up into scores of smaller pieces.
Halim Time and Glass Museum
A real estate developer with more than three decades of experience, Cameel Halim serves as owner and managing member of CH Ventures in Wilmette, Illinois. Cameel Halim and his wife are avid collectors of clocks and timepieces, leading them to open the Halim Time and Glass Museum in Evanston (halimmuseum.org). The museum’s exhibits represent more than 30 years of collecting and reflect the Halims’ fascination with the history, beauty, and mechanisms of historic timepieces.
A five-story museum, the Halim Time and Glass Museum features 1,100 timepieces and antique clocks from across the globe, some dating as far back as the 1600s. The collection also includes an assortment of 18th-century Chinese clocks. One of the museum’s prized pieces is a grandfather clock that contains a dulcimer and pipe organ, one of only eight such clocks known to exist. In addition, the museum showcases approximately 80 stained glass windows from some of the top 19th-century American artists.
Cameel Halim is a Chicago-based real estate entrepreneur who oversaw the recent opening of the Halim Time & Glass Museum (halimmuseum.org). The museum offers visitors an encyclopedic collection of timepieces and stained glass spanning three centuries. Egyptian-born, Cameel Halim has had from childhood a passion for timepieces and a fascination with clock mechanisms.
One major 17th century innovation in clockmaking involved the addition of the pendulum, which controlled the escapement through a freely swinging motion that maintained its own defined period. Invented by Christiaan Huygens of the Netherlands in 1656, the patented pendulum clock led to the creation of the first astronomical regulator and dials that indicated time accurately down to the second.
The mechanism was perfected in England through lengthening the pendulum and reducing its arc of swing. This in turn required the development of an entirely new escapement. Air resistance was minimized through placing a convex, double-sided disc weight at the bottom of the pendulum, giving it its familiar traditional shape. In the 17th century, the longcase, or grandfather clock, was developed as a way of protecting the lengthy pendulum.
As the president of CH Ventures LLC, Cameel Halim overses a portfolio of real estate properties across Illinois and Wisconsin in addition to over 200 full time employees. An avid clock collector, Cameel Halim also serves as a founder of the Halim Time & Glass Museum located in Evanston, Illinois.
Since September 2017, the Halim Time & Glass Museum has allowed the public to view a private collection of rare timepieces and stained glass art. The Evanston, Illinois-based museum and its collection were featured in a recent Daily Northwestern article that discusses the opening of the facility, the restored stained glass pieces, and the collection of clocks that range from mechanical clocks to Egyptian sundials.
Sundials, the oldest known timekeeping devices, utilize shadows created by the sun to indicate the time of day. The earliest type of sundial was likely a gnomon, a vertical stick that cast a shadow of varying lengths when struck by the sun. This design was featured in the earliest known sundial, an Egyptian shadow clock that included a base with six time divisions. Another early form of sundial was the hemispherical sundial, also known as a hemicycle. Featuring a cubic design, the hemicycle produced a shadow that moved in a circular arc with the help of a hemispherical opening and a pointer.
Additional information on the Halim Time & Glass Museum’s collection can be found at www.halimmuseum.org.
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A Chicago, Illinois, real estate executive with a longstanding passion for collecting antique timepieces, Cameel Halim is founder of the Halim Time & Glass Museum. Among the noteworthy Art Nouveau-period works featured at Cameel Halim’s newly opened museum are those by John La Farge, a pioneer of American stained glass.
Forgotten for nearly a century after his death in the early 20th century, La Farge has been rediscovered in recent years for his enduring contribution to the artistry of stained glass. A Boston Globe article brought focus to the major 2015 Boston College exhibit titled John La Farge and the Recovery of the Sacred, which featured 90 works. This included a large-scale, restored triptych created for the Unity Church in Amherst that followed the pattern of the groundbreaking 1883 Trinity Church commission Christ in Majesty.
The Halim Time & Glass Museum features another large-scale La Farge window titled Cornucopia and Wreaths, which was commissioned in the 1880s by Frederick Lathrop Ames, a Boston railroad magnate. The richly hued piece showcases many of the pioneering techniques of the stained glass master, including webbed rippled glass, drapery glass, and confetti glass.
Learn more about the Halim Time & Glass Museum and its collection at HalimMuseum.org.