Robert A. Taft Memorial, Washington DC

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The Robert A. Taft Memorial and Carillon is a carillon dedicated as a memorial to U.S. Senator Robert Alphonso Taft, son of President William Howard Taft.
The memorial is located north of the Capitol, on Constitution Avenue between New Jersey Avenue and First Street, N.W. Designed by architect Douglas W. Orr, the memorial consists of a Tennessee marble tower and a 10ft bronze statue of Senator Taft sculpted by Wheeler Williams. The shaft of the tower measures 100ft high, 11ft deep, and 32ft wide. Above the statue is inscribed, "This Memorial to Robert A. Taft, presented by the people to the Congress of the United States, stands as a tribute to the honesty, indomitable courage, and high principles of free government symbolized by his life." The base of the memorial measures 55 by 45ft and stands approximately 15ft high. Jets of water flow into a basin that rings the base.
The twenty-seven bells in the upper part of the tower were cast in the Paccard Foundry in Annecy-le-Vieux, France. The largest, or bourdon bell, weighs 7 tons (6350 kg). At the dedication ceremony on April 14, 1959, former President Herbert Hoover stated, "When these great bells ring out, it will be a summons to integrity and courage." The large central bell strikes on the hour, while the smaller fixed bells chime on the quarter-hour. By resolution of Congress, they play "The Star-Spangled Banner" at 2 p.m. on the Fourth of July.
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  • It was one of the many great monuments around Washington DC. It was a place visited by people who had a lot of feelings for foreigners.
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  • The statue of Senator Taft (son of the President and Chief Court Justice) is dwarfed by the Carillon that he stands in front of.  more »
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  • Beautiful space to sit in the shade and contemplate one of America's most boribg presidents. The chimes are lovely.
  • Nice place to feed the squirrels. Listen to the bell chimes every 15 minutes. Sit on the bench. The benches probably need ro be cleaned vause of the bird poop
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