Wharf Bell Tower  [demolished]
   Lake Kittamaqundi,
     near Wincopin Circle
   Columbia, Maryland, USA
   LL: N 39.21461, W 76.85489
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   Columbia Association
   10221 Wincopin Circle
   Columbia, MD  21044
   T: (410)715-3000


   Cambridge (Westminster) quarters.


   Donated to the city by The Rouse
   Company on the tenth anniversary of the
   city's founding, and controlled from
   nearby company headquarters.
   Dismantled in 2010 after deterioration
   of the wooden structure (built in
   1960s); plans for eventual
   reinstallation somewhere in the city
   are not complete.

*Technical data:

   Electric-automatic chime of 14 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is G  in the middle octave
   Transposition is not applicable
   Keyboard range:     ----  /    ----  
   The arrangement of tones and semitones is unknown.
   The whole instrument was installed in 1977
     with bells made by Petit & Fritsen
   Auxiliary mechanisms: Q4    
   Tower details: 
     Height of console:                 (unknown)
     Height of lowest level of bells:   (unknown)
     Height of highest level of bells:  (unknown)
     Belfry openness:   H%
   Year of latest technical information source is 1992

A news article discusses tentative plans to resurrect the tower, or rehang the stored bells in some other way.  There is a large photo of the old tower.

Article about the dismantling of the tower, and its vague future.  Google Maps overhead photography (see above) was taken after the dismantling, and shows a patch of new wood in the floor of the wharf; Bing Maps, taken before, shows the tower standing at the end of the wharf.

The donor's corporate Website doesn't mention bells at all.

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 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 MD.

   This page was built from the database on  6-Nov-14
   based on textual data last updated on 2014/10/22
   and on technical data last updated on 1994/12/31

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