First Baptist Church, Huntsville, AL
Thursday, April 17, 2014
48 Bell Carillon Steeple
A Huntsville landmark and part of the city skyline, First Baptist's 48-bell carillon (Verdin) is housed in a free-standing tower. The carillon is playable from a mechanical console in the tower directly below the bells. Two-octaves of the carillon are playable from a small electronic keyboard in the music office and also from the organ console. The Carillon chime marks the hour and the bells are pealed for special occasions.
The steeple contains the cast bronze bell carillon, a carillonneur's room located below the bells, and a 90 foot elevator to reach the room. The steeple is covered with a zinc alloy that provides its unique patina. The 229' steeple is the largest prefabricated steeple in the world as recognized by the 1990 Guinness Book of World Records. It was fabricated by Campbellsville Industries, Inc.