Phillips Chime


   Arlington Street Church
   Boylston and Arlington Streets
   Boston, Massachusetts, USA
   LL: N 42.35203, W 71.07100
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   George G. Whitehouse
   Off West Road
   Wellfleet, MA  02267
   H: (508)349-7767   W: (508)491-1678
   - and -
   Ivan Bath


   Arlington Street Church
   351 Boylston Street
   Boston, MA  02116-3399
   T: (617)536-7050   F: (617)536-7051




   Original bells by Henry N. Hooper &
   Co., Boston; 16th bell probably added
   between 1874 and 1890, possibly by
   Wm.Blake & Co., successor to
   H.N.Hooper & Co.  Reports of 18 bells
   appear to be incorrect.  Added
   semitones are sharp 4th and its octave,
   flat 6th and flat 7th.

*Technical data:

   Chime with Ellacombe stand of 16 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is D  in the middle octave
   Transposition is down 5 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     G D   /    NONE  
   There are four added semitones
   The instrument was enlarged in 18??
     with bells made by Hooper/Blake
   Prior history:
     In 1860, the instrument was begun with 15 bells
       by Hooper/Blake
   Year of latest technical information source is 2001
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.


The church Website includes a description of the chime, which lists the relative pitches and inscriptions of 16 bells.

More photos of the tower can be found here (three clickable thumbnails in the last full row near the bottom).

Building description from Emporis Buildings (no photos as of Aug.'07)
(Also see our Emporis Advice.)

Where [the initial phase of] this work lies in the sequence of output of the Hooper/Blake 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 (1860).

Index to all tower bell instruments in MA.


   This page was built from the database on 16-Aug-07
   based on textual data last updated on 2007/07/04
   and on technical data last updated on 2004/03/21

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