The Lawson Tower (originally Observatory Tower, Dreamwold, Egypt) First Parish Road near Central Park Drive Scituate, Massachusetts, USA LL: N 42.20058, W 70.75525
Lenae Badger 43 Marion Road Ext. Scituate, MA 02066-2721 H: (781)545-5840 E: email@example.com
Scituate Historical Society *parcel: 43 Cudworth Road Scituate, MA 02066 *postal: PO Box 276 Scituate, MA 02066-0276 T: (781)545-1083 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cambridge (Westminster) "quarters" at 7am & 6pm only; simple hour strike the rest of the day.
Tower & belfry built to conceal a water tank for Dreamwold, the estate of Thomas W. Lawson, in the village of Egypt, now part of Scituate. Added semitone is flat 7th. Renovated by Verdin in 2006 (during major restoration which removed the long-disused water tank); keystroke now significantly shorter. Tower open to the public several times a year, and by appointment.
Traditional chime (chimestand) of 10 bells Pitch of heaviest bell is D in the middle octave Transposition is up 2 semitone(s) Keyboard range: C D / NONE There are two added semitones There is no practice console The whole instrument was installed in 1902 with bells made by Meneely/Wvlt Year of latest technical information source is 1996
The consulting firm involved with plans for restoration of the tower provides a photo, history and description, and structural drawings of the tower, bell frame, etc.
A photo page from a collection of water towers seems to suggest that the tower is made of stone (as the original German model was). Actually it is of wood shingles and trim over a steel frame, independent of the 70-foot standpipe inside it.
A huge photo (208KB) by a genealogist shows the keyboard room (at left) and the stairway entrance (at right) at the base of the tower.
The Scituate Historical Society does not mention Lawson Tower, since the Society does not own it; they only maintain it for the Town of Scituate.
Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Meneely (Watervliet) 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.
Index to all tower bell instruments in MA.
This page was built from the database on 21-Sep-10 based on textual data last updated on 2010/09/20 and on technical data last updated on 2000/05/15
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