One of Dayton’s most famous landmarks, the Deeds Carillon, is marking its 75th year. The carillon was built by Edward Deeds, the automotive pioneer and former NCR chief, and his wife Edith Walton Deeds.
Here are three things you should know about this Dayton landmark:
1. It’s a really big instrument. A carillon is a musical instrument that has at least 23 tuned bells and covers at least two octaves, according to research done by Dayton History.
2. There’s a built-in family legacy. Of the 32 bells originally forged for the carillon, eight of them were “silent,” each a memorial to a member of the Deeds’ family.
3. It’s the largest carillon in Ohio. In 1988, the carillon was renovated and 50 bells imported from Holland were hung in the tower. Seven more bells were dedicated in 1995, bringing the total number to 57 and making Deeds Carillon the largest in Ohio.
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