Harrison Chimes


   First Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)
   (including Taylor Street Presb. Church)
   Penn Street at Texas Street
   Fort Worth, Texas, USA
   LL: N 32.74810, W 97.34273
*Former Location (1911-1956):
   Taylor Street Presbyterian Church
   5th & Taylor Streets
   Fort Worth, Texas, USA
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*Past chimers:
   1911-?? Alex Simpson
   c.1952 Miss Anne Goerte


   First Presbyterian Church
   1000 Penn Street
   Fort Worth, TX  76102-3496
   T: (817)335-1231   F: (817)335-2412
   E: acongdon/@/




   Memorial gift from Mrs.J.C.Harrison
   (nee Sarah Ward) and her two children,
   for John Caro Harrison, William
   McClanahan Harrison and Elizabeth Ann
   Harrison; added semitones: sharp 4th,
   flat 7th, sharp octave.
   The Taylor Street and First churches
   were federated in 1916; they moved
   together into the present building,
   with the Taylor Street chime, in 1956;
   they became a Union congregation in
   1961, finally uniting fully with the
   merger of "northern" and "southern"
   Presbyterian denominations in 1983.

*Technical data:

   Traditional chime (chimestand) of 14 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is D  in the middle octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     D G   /    NONE  
   There are three added semitones
   The whole instrument was installed in 1911
     with bells made by McShane     
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 1992

The church Website has no photo of the present building or mention of the bells anywhere.

The gift and dedication of this chime was originally announced in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram issue of 5 Nov 1911, Sun, p14.

The same paper published a long bylined article about the chime and its player on Sunday, 20 Jul 1952 (p28), and included a large photo; see part 1 and part 2.

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 TX.

   This page was built from the database on 22-Oct-21
   based on textual data last updated on 2021/08/15
   and on technical data last updated on 2021/08/15

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