URBANA - 2 : USA - IL

*Location:

   McFarland Memorial Bell Tower
   University of Illinois
   South Quad
   Urbana, Illinois, USA
   LL: N 40.1028, W 88.2269
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*Contact:

   University of Illinois
   Urbana, IL  61801

*Schedule:

   (unknown)

*Remarks:

   Construction of the 185-foot tower
   began in July 2008; bells were installed
   in early October.  Addition of a baton
   keyboard seems potentially possible.

*Technical data:

   Electric-automatic carillon of 48 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is unknown
   Transposition is not applicable
   Keyboard range:     ----  /    ----  
   The arrangement of tones and semitones is unknown.
   The whole instrument was installed in 2008
     with bells made by Petit & Fritsen
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2013
*Links:

News article on maintenance safety measures for the McFarland non-traditional carillon in Champaign IL, with a side-view photo of the tower.

An extract from the Design Brochure for the tower includes a tower drawing, ground-level floor plan, site plan, and campus map location.

Photo record of construction
Photos as of 17 Sep 2008

News story on the donor of the tower; with photo of completed (but bell-less) concrete shell of tower w/interior cross-braces

Clickable photo of one frame of bells ready to be hoisted into the new tower

Blog with photos of bells in place, with one clickable closeup

Photo of Sauron's eye on tower?

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 non-traditional carillons by pitch (weight).
Ranking among all North American non-traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all North American non-traditional carillons by year of completion.

Index to all tower bell instruments in IL.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on  5-Jun-13
   based on textual data last updated on 2008/10/10
   and on technical data last updated on 2013/06/05
*Photos:

(none available)


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