Jean Cunningham Bell Tower [demolished]


   Wilcox Chapel (ABC)
   Alderson Broaddus University
   (was A.-B. College)
   College Hill
   U.S.Highway 119
   Philippi, West Virginia, USA
   LL: N 39.15843, W 80.04721
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   Alderson-Broaddus University
   Philippi, WV  26416
   T: (304)457-1700


   Disused (inoperative); an electronic
   device is now used instead.


   Bells cast in 1928 as trebles for
   BLOOMFIELD HILLS - CCC, from which they
   were removed in 1978 renovation.
   Two-manual keyboard allows some
   dynamic variation.
   Cambridge (Westminster) quarters.
   Sep.2014: tower unsafe, dismantled;
   disposition of bells is uncertain.

*Technical data:

   Carillon-sized instrument (without any workable playing mechanism) of 32 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is D  in the treble octave
   Transposition is unknown
   Keyboard range:     ----  /    ----  
   There are no missing bass semitones
   The whole instrument was installed in 1978
     with bells made by Taylor      
   Auxiliary mechanisms: nQ4EOn
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 1993

The college Website uses a standard page heading with alternating photos, one of which includes the bell tower.  There is no information about these bells.  There is an unidentified photo of the bell tower in the home pages; it shows no vertical bars.  An older photo on the About A-B page shows the original configuration with vertical bars.

News articles on the demolition of the tower:
#1, with video,
#2, with video,
#3, indicating that the cross and bells will be preserved,
#4, tower will not be rebuilt, but cross will be set up in its place.

News article about the naming of the bell tower.

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 WV.

   This page was built from the database on  6-Nov-14
   based on textual data last updated on 2014/10/22
   and on technical data last updated on 2014/10/22

Former bell tower

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