NASHUA - FC : USA - NH

   Mary Park Nutt Memorial Chime

*Location:

   The First Church, Congregational (UCC)
   Concord & Lowell Streets
   Nashua, New Hampshire, USA
   LL: N 42.76556, W 71.46701
*Former location (May-Oct.1893; first 10 bells only):
   Machinery Hall (southeast tower) 
   World's Columbian Exposition
   Chicago, Illinois, USA 
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*Player:

   (unknown)

*Contact:

   First Church
   1 Concord Street
   Nashua, NH  03064-2364
   T: (603)882-4861   F: (603)882-1610
   E: phickey@firstchurchnashua.org
   - or -
   Joseph R. Olefirowicz, Minister of Music
   E: jolefirowicz@firstchurchnashua.org

*Schedule:

   (unknown)

*Remarks:

   Original bells were returned to the
   foundry after the Exposition closed,
   for expansion to the present chime;
   both installations designed by Frank P.
   Lotz of Covington, Ky.; installed here
   by George Vanduzen; dedicatory
   recital played by Mr. Lotz;
   added semitones are F#, A#, C#
   (sharp 4th, flat 7th, sharp octave).
   Major restoration in 1998.
   Keyboard modified (reversibly) in 2016
   by Michael Loris, adding an outboard
   key to play the 1872 Vanduzen church
   bell via its tolling hammer as
   leading tone to tonic note of chime.

*Technical data:

   Traditional chime (chimestand) of 16 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell (excluding sub-bourdon) is C  in the middle octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:  (B)C G   /    NONE  
   There are three added semitones
   The present keyboard was installed in 2016
     by the maker cited in Remarks above
   Prior history:
     In 1894, the instrument was enlarged to 15 bells
       with bells made by Vanduzen    
     In 1893, the instrument was begun with 10 bells
       with bells made by Vanduzen    
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2016
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

The church Website has an extensive history of the bells.

Building photos from Emporis Buildings
(Also see our Emporis Advice.)

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Vanduzen bellfoundry.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Vanduzen 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 this chime was a milestone in North American chime history (1893).

Index to all tower bell instruments in NH.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on  8-Apr-16
   based on textual data last updated on 2016/04/08
   and on technical data last updated on 2016/04/08
*Photos:

(none available)

Explanations of page format and keyboard range are available.

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