NEW YORK - G : USA - NY

*Location:

   Grace Episcopal Church
   Broadway at West 10th Street
   New York, New York, USA
   LL: N 40.73199, W 73.99117
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*Player:

   (unknown)

*Contact:

   Grace Church
   802 Broadway
   New York, NY  10003-4831
   T: (212)254-2000   F: (212)673-4938
   E: info@GraceChurchNYC.org
      pallen@gracechurchnyc.org

*Schedule:

   (unknown)

*Remarks:

   Older bells removed from the tower
   to prepare for final expansion with new
   frame and chimestand; not yet known
   whether they were replaced.
   Electropneumatic action from organ
   replaced that chimestand, and was in
   turn replaced by an electric action
   with independent keyboard in 1998.
   Lightning destroyed that action in
   summer 2010; replaced in fall 2010 with
   MIDI controller system from Verdin.
   Parish previously owned the site now
   occupied by Immaculate Conception RC,
   and sold those bells with that
   property.

*Technical data:

   Electric-keyboard chime of 20 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is C  in the middle octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     C G   /    NONE  
   There are no missing bass semitones
   The present keyboard was installed in 1925
     by an unknown maker
   Prior history:
     In 1924, the instrument was enlarged to 20 bells
       with bells made by Meneely/Troy
     In 1916, the instrument was enlarged to 11 bells
       by an unknown maker
     In 1873, the instrument was begun with 10 bells
       with bells made by Meneely/Wvlt
   Auxiliary mechanisms: nOnC  
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is unknown
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

The church Website has a photo of the belfry and spire on the home page.  A Bells page has a clickable photo of the 20 bells in front of the church before their installation, a list identifying the memorial and donor of each individual bell, the history of the operating mechanism, and a table of the measurements and weights of each bell.  (Those are pattern weights, not exact weights.)  It is not possible to tell from the photo whether the Troy foundry re-used or replaced the older bells.
Formerly there was also an About Grace page, which had a sketchy history that made only a passing mention of the former Grace Chapel (now Immaculate Conception RC Church), where another chime remains.
A separate Music Website has a complete description of the bells and their history, with more details than usual.

A page about the organ has a photo of the tower.

Where the initial 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 (Troy) 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.

Index to all tower bell instruments in NY.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on  8-Mar-21
   based on textual data last updated on 2021/03/07
   and on technical data last updated on 2021/03/06
*Photos:

(none available)

Explanations of page format and keyboard range are available.

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