The Alexander McGaffin Memorial Tower and Carillon

The Alexander McGaffin Memorial Tower and Carillon
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The McGaffin Carillon, in the heart of University Circle,  is the only cast-bell carillon in the city of Cleveland. The 47 Dutch bells, cast and installed in 1968, weigh a total of 15,000 pounds. They are played from a console high in the tower. The bells sing out over the nearby University Circle area. The action is totally mechanical and the performer has complete control over musical expression. The audience is invited to listen from their cars or the lawns and campus surrounding the tower.

LOCATION

The Alexander McGaffin Memorial Tower and Carillon

11205 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH

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Accessibility Information

The concerts are open-air activities. Entrance to the building isn’t necessary. The audience is invited to listen from their cars in the Euclid Avenue parking lot, or from the lawns and campus around the tower. There is parking along Bellflower Road behind the tower with access to the Mather Quad, a great place to hear the bells. Contact us for more information, info@ucbells.org or 216 535-4411.

PARKING INFO

Parking is free. Enter lot from Euclid Avenue opposite Cornell Road.

PUBLIC HOURS

30 minute concerts happen most Fridays at 12:15. The carillon can also be heard on Sunday mornings before and following the morning service at the attached church. In July and August, the Friday lunchtime concert is repeated at 11am on Sunday morning. During the spring, summer, and fall, the audience is invited to tour the tower following the concert. Check the website for current information. http://www.ucbells.org

PUBLIC ADMISSION FEES

Since these events are open-air events, all are free an open to the public. The best locations to hear the bells are behind the tower on the Case Western Reserve Campus away from the Euclid Avenue traffic noise. Concerts happen rain or shine.

PHOTOS

  • George Leggiero, University Circle Carillonneur