GREENVILLE - FU/2 : USA - SC

   The Burnside Carillon

*Location:

   Furman University [new campus]
   U.S. Highway 25 (Business Route)
   Greenville, South Carolina, USA
   LL: N 34.92788, W 82.44001
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*Player:

   (none)

*Contact:

   Dr. Charles Tompkins
   Organist & Head, Keyboard Division
   Furman University
   Poinsett Highway
   Greenville, SC  29613
   T: (803)294-2000  [switchboard]
   W: (864)294-2969
   E: charles.tompkins@furman.edu
   - or -
   Craig L. Waldon
   Development Office
   T: (864)294-2157   F: (864)294-2282
   E: craig.waldon@furman.edu

*Schedule:

   (unknown)

*Remarks:

   Unplayable for several years; tower
   fully restored and carillon partially
   restored 2004-5 (2 octaves of trebles
   replaced with 1 octave of new bells;
   automatic play with limited range was
   restored, but baton keyboard and
   transmission were not).
   Bass D# originally swung, and was
   independent of the carillon (60th vB
   bell in the tower).
   Also an old Meneely bell below clock.
   Tower is a replica of that on Main Hall
   at the old (downtown) campus,
   since demolished.

*Technical data:

   Electric-keyboard carillon of 48 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is D  in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  2 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     C C   /    NONE  
   There is one missing bass semitone
   24 bells were recast or replaced by 12 in 20??
     by Paccard     
   Prior history:
     In 1966, the complete instrument was installed
       with bells made by vanBergen   
       (35 bells remain from that work.)
   Year of latest technical information source is 2010
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.

*Links:

The University Website seems to have lost a page it formerly had about the Bell Tower.  There are a few news articles about the recent renovation of the tower (use the Search facility), the best one being here.
In the University's online postcard facility, there are several different photos of the tower: #8, #13, #16, #36, #59, #88, #09
A construction project scrapbook contains images of the bell tower seen through the treetops in summer and in winter.
The campus map clearly shows the location of the Bell Tower on the peninsula projecting into the lake.

For more information on the old tower and the chime which it held, see GREENVILLE - FU/1.

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the vanBergen bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Paccard bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all North American non-traditional carillons by weight.
Ranking among all North American non-traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all North American non-traditional carillons by year of completion.

Index to all tower bell instruments in SC.

*Status:

   This page was built from the database on 21-Jun-10
   based on textual data last updated on 2010/06/21
   and on technical data last updated on 2010/06/21


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