Eliza Otis Memorial Chimes
   "The Bells of Hollywood"


   Hollywood Forever Memorial Park
   (was Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery)
   Santa Monica Boulevard at Gordon St.
   Los Angeles, California, USA
   LL: N 34.09040, W 118.32026
*Former location (1905-08):
   Chapel tower
Site locator map


   Jeanie Kidd
   T: (323)469-6349


   Hollywood Forever
   6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
   Los Angeles, CA  90038-1899
   T: (323)772-5026
   E: info@hollywoodforever.com




   Dedicated 15 Nov 1905, played by
   Charles T. Eden-Eadon, secretary of
   the E.W.Vanduzen Company; relocated
   because of structural problems with
   the chapel tower.  Added semitones are
   sharp 4th, flat 7th, flat 9th.
   Some of the bells may have been part of
   the chime shown by Vanduzen at the
   Lewis & Clark Exposition in Portland,
   Oegon (q.v.) earlier in 1905, as one
   bell is dated 1904.  Another, dated
   1910, is presumably a replacement.
   Originally had a second set of clappers
   with lignum vitae inserts, intended
   to produce a different sound, and
   operated by changing the pivot point of
   the chimestand levers.  That action
   was removed during repairs in late

*Technical data:

   Traditional chime (chimestand) of 12 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is D# in the middle octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     D#F   /    NONE
   There are three added semitones
   There is no practice console
   The whole instrument was installed in 1908
     with bells made by Vanduzen
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details:
     Height of console:                  4 meters above ground
     Height of lowest level of bells:    8 meters above ground
     Height of highest level of bells:   8 meters above ground
     Belfry openness:  70%
   Year of latest technical information source is 1994

About Vanduzen's double-action chimes

A Website about the famous people buried at the cemetery has a detailed map but says nothing about the bells.  Another list of famous burials has a less detailed map of the cemetery. On both maps, the location of the chime can readily be found--it is atop the small rectangular building on the west side of the entrance road, opposite the office building.

A news article about the change of ownership and subsequent renaming of the cemetery.

About Vanduzen's double-action chimes

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Vanduzen bellfoundry.

Why this chime was a milestone in North American chime history (1908).

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 CA.

   This page was built from the database on 22-Oct-21
   based on textual data last updated on 2021/08/12
   and on technical data last updated on 1995/04/01

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