Boatman’s Tower in James Center plaza


'Boatman's Tower' structure in James Center plaza in downtown Richmond, VirginiaWHAT: “Boatman’s Tower” structure in James Center plaza in downtown Richmond, Virginia.

'Boatman's Tower' structure in James Center plaza in downtown Richmond, VirginiaLOCATION: 10th and Cary streets.

ARTIST: (Crafted by) Koninkiijke Eijsbouts, Asten, Netherlands.

DEDICATION: 1987.

DESCRIPTION: A 45-foot limestone tower housing a 25-bell carillon and cast figures of bargemen and mules that rotates on the half hour to the tune of changing melodies. Designed as a tribute to canal life in 1785-1879. Most of what is now the James Center was occupied by the great Turning Basin of the James River and Kanawha Canal.

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From the James Center website:

Becoming an instant landmark, the Clock Tower welcomes both the casual visitor as well as the regular office population. A public amenity that is unique in its celebration of hours, seasons, and events, the Clock Tower depicts life on the canal from 1785 – 1879. The 45-foot limestone tower houses a 25 brass bell carillon which chimes melodies on the hour and half-hour. As the bells chime, cast figures of canal bargemen rotate. The carillon was fabricated by a Dutch concern whose glockenspiels have been animating European squares for years.

'Boatman's Tower' structure in James Center plaza in downtown Richmond, Virginia

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