Deagan Building
   1770 West Berteau Avenue,
     at North Ravenswood Avenue
   Chicago, Illinois, USA
   LL: N 41.95815, W 87.67340
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   Tower tubes by Deagan; number unknown.
   Probably sold before WW II.

*Technical data:

   Carillon-sized instrument or collection of 25? 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 19??
     with tubular bells made by Deagan      
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is unknown

A music company page about Deagan's work includes a photo of the building (with empty belfry).

The home page of Century Mallet Service (which occupies part of the building) has a larger photo of the tower, which still bears the Deagan name even though the company is long gone.

The same photo appears as a Wikimedia image, which can be enlarged even further.

A page about the J.C.Deagan Memorial Room opens with a contemporary (2010) photo of the building; clearly the belfry is empty.

Photos at right (click to enlarge):

  1. Early black & white letterhead (#1), depicting the building without a belfry on the clock tower; while the letter was dated 1921, the letterhead was probably designed and printed much earlier.
  2. Early postcard, advertising the Deagan Building as "The home of Deagan musical bells" (referring to the firm's many products for use in bands and orchestras); the tower is correclty proportioned, but still has no belfry.
  3. Early colored letterhead (#2), depicting the building with a belfry above the clock, on an artistically-shortened tower; unfortunately the letter was undated.
  4. Undated colored drawing, depicting the building with a belfry that obviously contains a Deagan tower chime.  This drawing was republished as the cover of the Jan.2004 issue of the Malletshop Quarterly (see, where it was attributed to c.1911, which must be wrong.
  5. Current (2013) photograph of the building; modernization has removed much of the original trim, replaced windows, etc.

Compiler's note:  I have chosen to retain a site data page for this building in spite of the obvious absence of the former chime from its belfry, because this was the center of the musical empire which produced all of the Deagan tower chimes that are listed elsewhere on this Website.  The current best guess is that this chime was sold before the 1950s, and probably before WW II.

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 IL.
Index to all tower bell instruments in IL.

   This page was built from the database on 30-Nov-14
   based on textual data last updated on 2014/11/28
   and on technical data last updated on 2007/08/28

Letterhead #1
Early postcard
Letterhead #2
Undated drawing
Building in 2013

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