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John Leighton Stewart and Stephen Collins Foster Carillon (at McIlvaine Hall)

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Institution Name: Washington and Jefferson College
Original/Historic Place Name: Stephen Collins Foster Carillon
Location on Campus: McIlvaine Hall
Date(s) of Construction:
n.d.construction information unknown
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Beaux-Arts classicism (Glossary)
Significance: history, landscape
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Materials:
Foundation: sandstone
Walls: brick
Roof: copper
 
Function:
ca. 2004-present (2006)bell tower
 

Narrative:
The Stewart Tower at McIlvaine Hall was erected in memory of John L. Stewart, class of 1899. The tower contains the four-faced clock given in memory of David F. McGill, DD, LL.D., class of 1881, and the 26-note Stephen Collins Foster Carillon, a gift of the Women's Auxiliary of Allegheny County. Stephen Collins Foster was an American composer (1826-1864) whose songs include "Oh! Susanna!" and "My Old Kentucky Home." He is recognized as the first professional songwriter in the United States, whose songs are among the most popular ever written.
 

References:

"The Archives: The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta." Online (2006). Washington College, Washington, PA. http://www.phigam.org/history/Sites/washington_pa.htm

Coleman, Helen Turnbull Waite. Banners in the Wilderness. Pittsburgh, PA: University of
Pittsburgh Press, 1956.

Dober, Lidsky, Craig, and Associates. Washington & Jefferson College: Campus plan 2001. [Belmont, MA: Dober, Lidsky, Craig, and Associates], 2001.

Donnelly, J. B. Venerable W & J at 200. Washington, PA: Washington & Jefferson College, 1980.

LaQuarta, Jack. Washington & Jefferson College Landscape Master Plan. Pittsburgh, PA: [s.n.], 1983.

"Stephen Foster." Online (2006). Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia. http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/refpages/refarticle.aspx?refid=761568955/Foster?Stephen_Collins.html

W & J: The Magazine for Alumni and Friends of Washington & Jefferson College. Washington, PA: Washington & Jefferson College.

W & J Walker Volunteer Manual. Handbook. [Washington, PA: Washington & Jefferson College, n.d.].

 

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