Edwin Nelson Memorial Chimes


   First United Methodist Church
   4760 Pine Tree Drive
   Miami Beach, Florida, USA
   LL: N 25.82307, W 80.12597
*Former location:
   White Temple Methodist Church
   Avenue B and Ninth Street
   Miami, Florida, USA
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   First United Methodist Church
   400 Biscayne Boulevard
   Miami, FL  33132-1913
   T: 305-371-4706   F: 305-371-4707




   Tower tubes by Deagan, gift of Mrs.
   Ida E. Nelson; dampers added in 1927.
   White Temple Methodist merged with
   Trinity Methodist in 1966 to form First
   United Methodist; its building was
   demolished in 1970, in the expansion
   of Miami-Dade Community College.

*Technical data:

   Chime-sized instrument or collection of 16 tubular bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is unknown
   Transposition is unknown
   Keyboard range:     ----  /    ----  
   The arrangement of tones and semitones is unknown.
   The whole instrument was installed in 1923
     with tubular bells made by Deagan      
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 1927

The church history page has photos of both of the older buildings, but does not mention what happened to them, nor whether the chime was moved to the current building (though its tower certainly appears capable of holding this chime).

Postcard image of The White Temple, with notes on its history Postcard showing the White Temple before its tower was raised.

Photo of the White Temple building after the tower was extended upward by 14 feet to hold the Deagan chime.

1970 photo of demolition

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the J.C.Deagan Company.

Ranking among all tower tube instruments by size (number of notes).

Index to all tower tube instruments in FL.
Index to all tower bell instruments in FL.

   This page was built from the database on 23-Mar-23
   based on textual data last updated on 2023/03/19
   and on technical data last updated on 2004/03/21

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