First United Methodist Church
     of Oklahoma City
   NW 4th Street at North Robinson Avenue
   Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
   LL: N 35.47215, W 97.51619
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*Past chimer:
   1922 ded. M.H.Mettee of Baltimore


   First Methodist Church
   131 NW 4th Street
   Oklahoma City, OK  73102-6205
   T: (405)239-6493   F: (405)239-7722
   E: firstchurch /@/ firstchurchokc.com




   Given by Mr.Frederick A. Gross;
   added semitones sharp 4th, flat 7th;
   tenor swings.
   Building seriously damaged by Federal
   Center bombing; rebuilt on same site,
   with relocated sanctuary.
   Dec.2016: Rehung on new frame by Chime
   Master, with electronic controls.

*Technical data:

   Traditional chime (chimestand) of 11 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is E  in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  4 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     C D   /    ----  
   There are two added semitones
   The whole instrument was installed in 1922
     with bells made by McShane     
   Auxiliary mechanisms: S1E11 
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 1973

On the church Website, the Who We Are page (under About Us) includes old and current photos of the present building, but the brief history doesn't mention this chime.  A banner photo on the Facilities page does offer a partial glimpse of the bells in the belfry.

News article (with 4 large photos in associated slide show) on reinstallation of the bells.

Video news article (Dec.2016; text is a transcript) of work to reinstall the bells

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the McShane 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 OK.

   This page was built from the database on 30-Jan-22
   based on textual data last updated on 2022/01/27
   and on technical data last updated on 2018/06/25


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