NEW YORK - STPA : USA - NY

*Location:

   North tower
   St.Patrick's Cathedral (RC)
   5th Avenue at 51st Street
   New York, New York, USA
   LL: N 40.75888, W 73.97667
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*Player:

   (unknown)
*Past chimer
   1902-46 Montell Toulmi

*Contact:

   St.Patrick's Cathedral Office
   14 East 51st Street
   New York, NY  10022-6863
   T: (212)753-2261   F: (212)755-4128
   E: music@saintpatrickscathedral.org

*Schedule:

   Bells silenced during USD175M
   renovation of much of the building.

*Remarks:

   Added semitones: sharp 4th, flat 7th
   and all above it; addition of middle F#
   would make this a mini-carillon.
   No mechanism supplied by foundry; locally
   designed electro-pneumatic system had
   keyboard and auto-play of Angelus and
   De Profundis; chimestand installed
   Aug.1901.  Played by chimestand or by an
   E.Howard pneumatic mechanism (possibly
   on only 14 bells) until electrified
   in 1952, with keyboard in gallery.

*Technical data:

   Electric-keyboard chime of 19 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is A# in the bass octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     A#G   /    NONE  
   The arrangement of tones and/or semitones
     is non-standard; see Remarks above.
   The whole instrument was installed in 1897
     with bells made by Paccard     
   Auxiliary mechanisms: E14nC 
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 1996
*Links:

The Cathedral page on the Archdiocesan Website has a photo of part of the building.  There is an overview of the Cathedral's history, but the bells are not mentioned anywhere.

A news article gives some details of the bells.

A page about the organs has a clickable photo of the building, and mentions this chime.

Building photos from Emporis Buildings
(See also our Emporis Advice.)

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Paccard 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 NY.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on 15-Mar-19
   based on textual data last updated on 2019/03/03
   and on technical data last updated on 2013/12/05
*Photos:

(none available)

Explanations of page format and keyboard range are available.

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