Otis Memorial Chimes
   "The Bells of Hollywood"


   Hollywood Forever Memorial Park
   (was Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery)
   Santa Monica Boulevard at Gordon St.
   Los Angeles, California, USA
   LL: N 34.09040, W 118.32026
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   Jeanie Kidd
   T: (323)469-6349


   Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery
   6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
   Los Angeles, CA  90038-1899
   T: (323)469-1181




   Added semitones are sharp 4th,
   flat 7th, flat 9th.  This may have
   been the chime shown by van Duzen at
   the Lewis & Clark Exposition in
   Portland, OR (q.v.) in 1905.
   Originally had a second set of clappers
   with lignum vitae inserts, intended
   to produce a different sound, and
   operated by changing pivot point of
   chimestand levers.  That action was
   removed during repairs in late 1970s.

*Technical data:

   Traditional chime (chimestand) of 12 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is D# in the middle octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     D#F   /    NONE  
   There are three added semitones
   There is no practice console
   The whole instrument was installed in 1908
     with bells made by Vanduzen    
   Year of latest technical information source is 1994


A Website about the famous people buried at the cemetery has a detailed map but says nothing about the bells.  Another list of famous burials has a less detailed map of the cemetery. On both maps, the location of the chime can readily be found--it is atop the small rectangular building on the west side of the entrance road, opposite the office building.

A news article about the change of ownership and subsequent renaming of the cemetery.

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Vanduzen bellfoundry.

Why this chime was a milestone in North American chime history (1908).

Ranking among all North American chimes by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all North American chimes by weight (pitch).
Ranking among all North American chimes by year of completion.

Index to all tower bell instruments in CA.


   This page was built from the database on 10-Nov-09
   based on textual data last updated on 2009/11/03
   and on technical data last updated on 1995/04/01

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