St.Paul's Episcopal Cathedral (originally St.Paul's Episcopal Church) Pearl & Church Streets Buffalo, New York, USA LL: N 42.88274, W 78.87632
St.Paul's Cathedral 128 Pearl Street Buffalo, NY 14202-4075 T: (716)855-0900 F: (716)855-0910 - or - Dr. Dale Adelmann, Organist/Choirmaster
Reports of the original chime being destroyed by fire are incorrect; the bells survived an explosion and fire that destroyed the body of the building in 1888, & were not rehung until 1926. The original bells were the only Meneely/Watervliet set ever hung for change-ringing. After the first enlargement, the chiming mechanism was above the ringing room, so it must have been Ellacombe-style. Electric keyboard by Verdin added in 1987 without removing chimestand.
Electric-keyboard chime of 14 bells Pitch of heaviest bell is E in the middle octave Transposition is unknown Keyboard range: ---- / ---- The arrangement of tones and semitones is unknown. The present keyboard was installed in 1987 by the maker cited in Remarks above Prior history: In 1924, the instrument was enlarged to its present size with bells made by Meneely/Wvlt In 1857, the instrument was enlarged to 10 bells by Meneely/Wvlt In 1856, the instrument was begun with 9 bells by Meneely/Wvlt Year of latest technical information source is 2000
A modern photo (259KB) by George Dawson.
A report of a visit and subsequent research by George Dawson.
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Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the
Meneely (Watervliet) bellfoundry.
Where the second phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Meneely (Watervliet) bellfoundry.
Where the final phase of 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.
Why the original installation at this site was a
milestone in North American chime history (1856).
Ranking of the original bells among all North American rings by year of completion.
Index to all tower bell instruments in NY.
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