JEFFERSON : USA - IA

*Location:

   Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower
   Courthouse Square
   Lincolnway at North Wilson Street
   Jefferson, Iowa, USA
   LL: N 42.01550, W 94.37461
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*Player:

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*Contact:

   Mahanay Bell Tower Community Foundation
   Jefferson Municipal Center
   220 North Chestnut
   Jefferson, IA  50129-1900
   T: (515)386-2155
   Carole Custer, President
   T: (515)370-0009
   E: custer@netins.net
   - or -
   City of Jefferson
   T: (515)386-3111   F: (515)386-4671
   E: cjeff@netins.net

*Schedule:

   Quarters; autoplay daily at 11, 2 & 5.
   Tower open
   daily 11am-4pm, Memorial Day to Labor
   Day plus weekends in May and September;
   admission fee.  Other times by
   appointment (call 386-2155).

*Remarks:

   Expansion to 4 octaves, with tradi-
   tional keyboard, is envisioned;
   15 (including treble octave cast & on
   display in courthouse; 19 remain
   to be subscribed.
   Currently, added semitones are
   first sharp 4th and flat 7th.

*Technical data:

   Electric-keyboard chime of 14 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is C  in the middle octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     C G   /    ----  
   There are two added semitones
   The whole instrument was installed in 1966
     with bells made by Petit & Fritsen
   Auxiliary mechanisms: Q     
   Tower details: 
     Height of console:                  . meters above ground
     Height of lowest level of bells:   48 meters above ground
     Height of highest level of bells:  50 meters above ground
     Belfry openness:  99%
   Year of latest technical information source is 1993
*Links:

The city Website has a photo of the tower top and a long description on its home page.

A local news article reports the status of the bell frame, with two photos of bells & mechanisms.
Another article on the need for work here

A long page about Greene County includes a very good photo of the top of the tower.

Stock photo of the tower

About the Bell Tower Community Foundation

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Petit & Fritsen bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

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 IA.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on 20-May-14
   based on textual data last updated on 2014/05/15
   and on technical data last updated on 1994/01/11
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