Celebrating 100 years of the ISU Campanile

History of the Campanile
History of the Bells
Glossary of terms
Inaugural Program
"Bells of Iowa State"
Images of the Campanile


Iowa State's Campanile

Glossary of terms

Chimesmaster Robert Elms Early, Chimesmaster, 1929

Campanile: the tower that holds the bells

Carillon: the actual bells. "A series of bells so hung and arranged as to be capable of being played as a musical instrument by a key board."

Carillonneur: the musician who plays the bells.

Clavier: a group of four bells

The John Taylor and Company Foundry at Loughborough, England, pioneered in research to discover the lost art of bell tuning and developed the five-point principle of tuning. All of the Stanton Memorial Bells have been purchased from them.

The range of the Carillon is four octaves and it is played from a "baton" keyboard of 36 hand rods and 17 foot pedals.

The Tower is of Italian Renaissance stule and was designed by George E. Hallet, Des Moines architect. It is 110 feet high and constructed of brick from Van Meter, Iowa.

The clock, a Seth Thomas, was purchased in 1899 at a cost of $2,200. It has since been replaced by an electrical system.

The lights illuminating the clock were purchased by the Class of 1935.

The song, "The Bells of Iowa State," which begins, "Green hills for thy throne…" was inspired by the Carillon. Composed by Jim Wilson, a member of the English staff, the song won first place in a Chicago alumni song contest in 1931.

The Iowa State Alumnus, June 1969



History of the Campanile  |  History of the Bells   |  Glossary of Terms
Inaugural Program   |  "Bells of Iowa State"  |  Images of the Campanile  
Edgar W. & Margaret MacDonald Stanton Memorial Carillon (ISU Music Dept.) 
Special Collections Department (ISU Library)

Comments: archives@iastate.edu
Iowa State University Library, Ames, IA 50011
Revised: 14 March 2000.