John C. Ellis Carillon Tower - U of M - Missoula, MT
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 46° 51.602 W 113° 59.044
12T E 272549 N 5193934
Quick Description: This was the very first building to go up on the new 40 acre campus of the equally new University of Montana. This and the extinct Science Hall comprised the entire campus on opening day in 1899. Luckily, this elegant building has survived.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 5/8/2014 9:09:49 PM
Waymark Code: WMKNZQ
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member kbarhow
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Long Description:
The carillon tower, built in 1897, was dedicated to John Ellis, music professor and carillonneur of the university, after his death in 1992. Originally simply a bell tower, it became a carillon tower when the donated carillon bells were installed. It was dedicated on October 18th, 1953. It contains 47 bells, covering four octaves, all of which were donated by friends of the university. The nine ton carillon is played from the clavier below. It was played for 23 years by carillonneur John C. Ellis, from 1969 to 1992.
Fronting the Oval at the heart of the campus, the university’s oldest standing building, also known as Main Hall, proudly represents the birth of this noble institution. Celebrated Missoula architect A. J. Gibson designed the Richardsonian Romanesque style building that, along with its now-demolished companion Science Hall, comprised the campus at the school’s opening in 1899. During the university’s dedication ceremony in 1898, corn, oil, and water symbolizing plenty, joy, and peace were poured over the building’s cornerstone. Today the hourly chiming of the bells in the majestic bell tower serves as constant reminder of the enduring solidity of the university.
From the NRHP Plaque

32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT USA

Who controls the carillon?: University of Montana

Number of bells: 47

Schedule of regular public performances:
Tuesday - Friday at noon

Year of construction: 1/1/1953

Structure: The tower of University Hall

Location web page: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
An original photograph of the carillon is required. One of you and your crew doing your very best imitation of Quasimodo and/or Esmeralda will be most appreciated.
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