B.M.C. Durfee High School [new] Elsbree Street at School Brook Road Fall River, Massachusetts, USA LL: N 41.71668, W 71.12714
*Former location (1990-2010):
(in storage)*Former location (1886-1990):
B.M.C. Durfee High School [old] between Rock and High Streets, Cherry and Locust Streets Fall River, Massachusetts, USA LL: N 41.70537, W 71.15181
B.M.C. Durfee High School [new] 360 Elsbree Street Fall River, MA 02720-7298 T: (508)675-8100 - or - Durfee Bells Preservation Society PO Box 9235 Fall River, MA 02720-0004 - or - Lester Cory, Chairman 45 Summit Avenue Tiverton, RI 02878-4632 H: (401)624-3478 W: (508)999-8482 E: LCory@UmassD.edu
Original added semitone is flat 7th. Old school closed in 1978, and was converted to a state courthouse in early 1990s; bells removed during conversion. Smallest bell stolen c.1999. Aug.2004: 9 bells retuned at Meeks, Watson & Co.; replacement for stolen bell was cast to a Meneely pattern. Apr.2008: Tower site chosen. Spring 2010: Tower under construction on Elsbree Street, adjacent to ticket booth (for stadium?); will eventually (but not at first) contain chimestand at ground level. Nov.2010: Tower complete. Nov.2012: 12 bells installed; includes 2 new trebles (one replacement, c.2004, and one addition cast 2012) plus an 1898 McShane bell tuned to fit as sharp 4th. Jul.2018: City to build new high school, displacing tower; bells go into storage for later installation in a belfry on new building. Nov.2018: Bells removed to storage at Sunderlin bellfoundry.
Chime-sized instrument (without any workable playing mechanism) of 14 bells Pitch of heaviest bell is D# in the middle octave There are two added semitones The instrument was enlarged in 2015 with 2 bells made by Meeks,Watson Prior history: In 2011, the instrument was enlarged to 12 bells by Meeks,Watson (2 bells were added in and/or remain from that work.) In 2011, the bells were retuned by Meeks,Watson In 1886, the instrument was begun with 10 bells with bells made by Meneely/Wvlt (9 bells remain from that work.) Auxiliary mechanisms: nE Tower details not available Year of latest technical information source is 2015
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