El Campanil Mills College near The Oval (Wetmore Road) MacArthur Boulevard Oakland, California, USA LL: N 37.77872, W 122.18242
*Former Location (Jan.-Jul.1894):
California Midwinter International Exposition Golden Gate Park San Francisco, California, USA*Player:
Mills College 5000 MacArthur Boulevard Oakland, CA 94613-1301 Attn: Robert Donley, Building Sup't T: (510)430-2243 F: (510)430-2306 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cambridge (Westminster) quarters, hour strike on the lowest quarter bell (second-largest), from Seth Thomas 3-train tower clock (No.1234, Dec.1903), fully restored in 2005, wound weekly.
Bells purchased for the College in 1902, but not installed until 1904; their whereabouts from 1894 to 1902 is not documented. They were reputed to have been originally (May-Oct.1893) at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, USA; more likely they were made as an identical match. Added semitone is flat 7th. Original chimestand was removed 10 to 15 years after installation, and perhaps sent to Berkeley; but no evidence of its location remains. Some bits of an old electric action remain, but the six non-clock bells are unused (except for the swinging tenor).
Chime-sized instrument with action described in Remarks above of 10 bells Pitch of heaviest bell is E in the middle octave Transposition is unknown Keyboard range: ---- / ---- There is one added semitone The whole instrument was installed in 1904 with bells made by Vanduzen in 1893 Year of latest technical information source is 1994
A page about the architect tells more about the bells and puts this tower in the context of some of her other work, which includes Hearst Castle.
A waymarking page has a set of 6 photos
An old photo gives the clearest depiction of how the bells are arranged in the tower. (Two of them are hidden by the clock face in this view.)
Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Vanduzen bellfoundry.
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.
Why this chime was a milestone in North American chime history (1893).
Index to all tower bell instruments in CA.
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