Milestones in other North American bell instruments

Contributing indirectly to the history of traditional carillons in North America are a number of developments in other sorts of tower bell installations on this continent.  The list below attempts to present, in approximately chronological order, some of the significant events which occurred in that area.

NOTES:

Milestone years and events

1856
University of Notre Dame du Lac, Notre Dame, IN
The 23 bells by Bollée of France formed the first carillon-sized tower bell instrument, but were played from a mechanical drum until that was replaced by a traditional keyboard sometime after the middle of the 20th century.

1870
St. Joseph's Cathedral, Buffalo, NY
The second carillon-sized tower-bell instrument had 43 bells cast by Bollée, in 1866.  It had a range of four octaves, of which the first two were mostly diatonic. This instrument no longer exists.

1899-1901
St. Vincent's Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
The original 26 bells of the fourth oldest carillon-sized instrument on the continent were installed by Paccard of France with a Maisonnave mechanically-assisted piano-like keyboard.  (Later a traditional keyboard was installed.  The site is now known as the Miraculous Medal Shrine.)

1942
Deeds Carillon, Dayton, OH
The only carillon-sized tower-bell instrument ever made by the Meneely/Troy foundry had 23 electrically-rung bells plus other non-speaking bells as memorials.  Hung in chandelier style in the center of an open tower, it was modified several times and eventually replaced by a 50-bell traditional carillon.

See also milestones in North American traditional-keyboard carillons
and milestones in North American chimes and local bellfounding.


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