Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
This bell tower, an enduring symbol of Alabama's first university, was erected in honor of President George H. Denny, under whose leadership (1911 to 1936) The University of Alabama gained national prominence. Conceived by Jerome M. Britchey and his classmates, this free-standing campanile carillon was built by Skinner, Maxwell, and Company and dedicated May 27, 1929, with Governor Bibb Graves presiding. Converted in 1945 from a bell carillon to an electronic system and modernized in 1966, its echoes have continued to touch the hearts and memories of Alabamians from ever walk of life.
Exhausted by years of service, the system was replaced in 1986 with a 25-bell bronze carillon of the highest known quality and design. The funding for the bells and the establishment of a permanent fund for continuing maintenance were made possible by the University's alumni and special friends. This marker stands as a tangible expression of gratitude to all who have participated in the erection and preservation of this historical monument.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEducation • Landmarks. A significant historical date for this entry is May 27, 1929.
Location. 33° 12.6′ N, 87° 32.774′ W. Marker is in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in Tuscaloosa County. Marker can be reached from University Boulevard west of 6th Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Building #1045, Denny Chimes is located on the Campus of the University of Alabama. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tuscaloosa AL 35487, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. University of Alabama (a few steps from this marker); The President's Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker); University of Alabama Civil War Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rotunda Plaza (about 500 feet away); Shockly’s Escort Company Of Cavalry (about 600 feet away); Storrs Cadet Troop (about 600 feet away); Amelia Gayle Gorgas (about 600 feet away); Site Of Franklin Hall (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuscaloosa.
Also see . . .
1. Denny Chimes. Wikipedia (Submitted on September 5, 2020.)
2. Details of the 25-bell electric-automatic carillon. (Submitted on September 5, 2020, by Carl Scott Zimmerman of Kirkwood, Missouri.)
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