The Netherlands Carillon


   Netherlands Carillon Gardens
   (beside Arlington National Cemetery)
   Jefferson Davis Highway at U.S.Hwy.50
   Arlington, Virginia, USA
   LL: N 38.88819, W 77.06950
*Original Location (1954-60):
   West Potomac Park
   Washington, D.C., USA
Site locator map  or  [ MapQuest map ]
Also see our own Map Use Hints.


   Edward M. Nassor   (C)
   4600 Demby Drive
   Fairfax, VA  22032-1707
   W: (202)537-6236


   Supervisory Park Ranger
   George Washington Memorial Parkway
   Turkey Run Park
   McLean, VA  22101
   T: (703)289-2552  or  -2500
   F: (703)289-2546


   May: Saturdays 2-4pm
   Jun-Aug: Saturdays 6-8pm
   Sep: Saturdays 2-4pm
   also summer holidays


   Original bells were cast jointly and
   anonymously in 1952-3 by all three
   Dutch founders (van Bergen, Eijsbouts,
   Petit & Fritsen); treble C# omitted.
   All retuned during 1995 rebuilding.
   Tower closed to the public since 2010
   because of safety issues.
   Dec.2016: Will be restored and
   expanded, adding 3 bells and changing
   transposition to concert pitch.
   (Schedule not yet available.)

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 50 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is G  in the bass octave
   Transposition is down 3 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     A#CD  /    A#C 25
   There are two missing bass semitones
   There is no practice console
   The instrument was enlarged in 1995
     with bells made by Eijsbouts   
   Prior history:
     In 1960, the instrument was begun with 49 bells
       with bells made by multiple founders - see Remarks above
   Auxiliary mechanisms: E37   
   Tower details: 
     Height of console:                 27 meters above ground
     Height of lowest level of bells:   24 meters above ground
     Height of highest level of bells:  30 meters above ground
     Belfry openness:  99%
   Year of latest technical information source is 1996
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.

Background article cith two photos, clickable for larger versions

News article (Dec.2016) on fundraising efforts to restore the carillon

News article (Nov.2015) on the state of the carillon and its history

Another article (May 2016) on the need for repairs, with news video (2:58) plus a video of Ed Nassor playing the carillon (0:54)

The National Park Service page about the carillon and its tower is very informative.  Alternate URL

Waymarking page, with 2 photos

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

Dutch-language news article from June 1952, on the starting of this project at the Dutch foundries.

The initial phase of this work, being a multi-founder effort, is not indexed.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Eijsbouts bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

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

Other concert carillons with similar keyboard ranges.

The bass bell of this carillon is among all great bells in North America.

Index to all traditional carillons in VA.

Index to all tower bell instruments in VA.

   This page was built from the database on  5-May-18
   based on textual data last updated on 2017/01/31
   and on technical data last updated on 2015/07/25

(none available)

Explanations of page format and keyboard range are available.

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