OOS Sculpture

Markey Memorial Carillon Tower

1970 / Creator Unknown / Bryan

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The tower is created from four curved stainless steel columns that support a bell tower, stained glass cylinder, and another steel spire bearing a cross on the top.

There are 49 bells, clustered together from largest on top to smallest on the bottom, in the center of the tower and mounted beneath a faceted glass cylinder that measures 6 feet in diameter and 14 feet high.

Above the bells and stained glass are another four steel supports that angle outward, then curve in to join and form a spire, upon which rests a cross.

The tower was erected by the Gurtzweiler Company of Toledo.

The carillon received some upgrades in 2000. The bells were cleaned, two new silent memorial bells were added, a new keyboard and performance system were installed, and the roll player & clock mechanism were replaced with a computer-type chip.

The following information is from The Bryan Times article, "Carillon Recital planned Sunday". (see source notes).

The bells were cast by the Petit and Fritsen Bell foundry in Holland and installed by The Verdin Co. of Cincinnati.

The carillon is considered a large carillon due to the number of playable bells, but also a small carillon due to the weight of the bells--the smallest is 9 1/2 pounds with a 6 1/8 inch diameter. The largest weighs 1,408 pounds and has a diameter of 39 and 1/4 inches.

Location: Wesley United Methodist Church, 903 Center St.

County

: Williams

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Citation

: “Markey Memorial Carillon Tower,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture , accessed September 22, 2021, https://oos.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/2160.

Title

Markey Memorial Carillon Tower

Description

The tower is created from four curved stainless steel columns that support a bell tower, stained glass cylinder, and another steel spire bearing a cross on the top.

There are 49 bells, clustered together from largest on top to smallest on the bottom, in the center of the tower and mounted beneath a faceted glass cylinder that measures 6 feet in diameter and 14 feet high.

Above the bells and stained glass are another four steel supports that angle outward, then curve in to join and form a spire, upon which rests a cross.

The tower was erected by the Gurtzweiler Company of Toledo.

The carillon received some upgrades in 2000. The bells were cleaned, two new silent memorial bells were added, a new keyboard and performance system were installed, and the roll player & clock mechanism were replaced with a computer-type chip.

The following information is from The Bryan Times article, "Carillon Recital planned Sunday". (see source notes).

The bells were cast by the Petit and Fritsen Bell foundry in Holland and installed by The Verdin Co. of Cincinnati.

The carillon is considered a large carillon due to the number of playable bells, but also a small carillon due to the weight of the bells--the smallest is 9 1/2 pounds with a 6 1/8 inch diameter. The largest weighs 1,408 pounds and has a diameter of 39 and 1/4 inches.

Date

1970

Subject

Source

Times Photo. (1970, May 21). [Photo with caption of tower being erected] [Photograph]. The Bryan Times, 22 (120).

Wesley United Methodist Church. (2008, October 6). Carillon recital planned Sunday. The Bryan Times, 1 & 12. 

Location City

Location County

Provider Qualifier

Bequeathed through the will of

Provider Entity

John C. Markey

Location Street

903 Center St.

Location Type

Media Sculpture Height

125 feet

Installation Date

1970

Materials

Inscription

The stone foundation reads,
"Markey Memorial Carillon Tower"

Additional Resources

Methodists to dedicate Carillon. (circa 1970). [Paper clipping acquired from the Williams County Public Library. Possibly from The Bryan Times.]

 

Condition Notes

The carillon received some upgrades in 2000. The bells were cleaned, two new silent memorial bells were added, a new keyboard and performance system were installed, and the roll player & clock mechanism were replaced with a computer-type chip.