the tower that holds the bells
actual bells. "A series of bells so hung and arranged as to be capable of being
played as a musical instrument by a key board."
musician who plays the bells.
Clavier: a group of four
The John Taylor and Company Foundry at
Loughborough, England, pioneered in research to discover the lost art of bell tuning and
developed the five-point principle of tuning. All of the Stanton Memorial Bells have been
purchased from them.
The range of the Carillon is four octaves and
it is played from a "baton" keyboard of 36 hand rods and 17 foot pedals.
The Tower is of Italian Renaissance stule and
was designed by George E. Hallet, Des Moines architect. It is 110 feet high and
constructed of brick from Van Meter, Iowa.
The clock, a Seth Thomas, was purchased in
1899 at a cost of $2,200. It has since been replaced by an electrical system.
The lights illuminating the clock were
purchased by the Class of 1935.
The song, "The Bells of Iowa
State," which begins, "Green hills for thy throne
" was inspired by
the Carillon. Composed by Jim Wilson, a member of the English staff, the song won first
place in a Chicago alumni song contest in 1931.
The Iowa State Alumnus, June 1969