SPRINGFIELD -- CT : USA - MA

*Location:

   Clock Tower
   Court Street, between City Hall and
     Symphony Hall, on the green
   Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
   LL: N 42.10109, W 72.59008
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*Player:

   (unknown)

*Contact:

   City Hall
   36 Court Street
   - or -
   Dept. of Public Buildings
   233 Allen Street
   Springfield, MA  01103-1999
   - or -
   Jim McCoubrey
   T: (413)787-6194
   - or -
   Luke Oliveri
   11 Flint Avenue
   Monson, MA  01057

*Schedule:

   Disused, and tower closed to the public
   because of falling stonework.

*Remarks:

   Belfry inaccessible (except in winter)
   because of falcons.
   Original chimestand and transmission
   removed in rebuilding of tower top.
   At least one note inoperable [3/93];
   E.Howard tower clock was operable but
   no longer connected to bells.
   2014: city planning renovation of
   tower, clock, chime & elevator;
   fundraising for 3 years, then 2 years
   to complete work; total cost $20M.

*Technical data:

   Electric-keyboard chime of 12 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is D# in the middle octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     D#--  /    NONE  
   The arrangement of tones and semitones is unknown.
   There is no practice console
   The whole instrument was installed in 1913
     with bells made by Meneely/Troy
   Auxiliary mechanisms: nC    
   Tower details: 
     Height of console:                  0 meters above ground
     Height of lowest level of bells:   67 meters above ground
     Height of highest level of bells:  68 meters above ground
     Belfry openness:  95%
   Year of latest technical information source is 1993
*Links:

News article (with photos) about closure of the clock tower to the public (and bells silent, clock inoperative) for years; steel netting was installed five years ago for safety because limestone was spalling off.
Another news article about the tower
Announcement of plan for renovation

Building photos from Emporis Buildings
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Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Meneely (Troy) 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.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on  2-May-14
   based on textual data last updated on 2014/04/24
   and on technical data last updated on 2001/08/08
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