St. Patrick's three original bronze bells still sit at the top of the church's east tower with ropes leading down to a locked box next to the front entrance. They were cast in France in 1913, and each bell features ornate embellishments, including one of St. Patrick himself. The stairs leading up to the bells wrap around the edges of the concrete tower and reminded me of an M.C. Escher drawing. They were noticeably primitive, and each step gave a little as I climbed higher. As I reached the top however, I was blown away by the small space.
There I was looking up into the steeple of St. Patrick's (see the collage above) and with the small side door to the roof opened, I was given a perspective of the church that I'd never seen before. The sun was blazing, and as stood there in the cool winter air I literally began looking at this familiar location in an entirely new light. One hundred years after it was constructed, the location and architecture didn't fail to captivate me. It gave me a new found appreciation.
St. Patrick's Bells blessed March 17, 1914. The three bells named Felix Elizabeth, Mary and Mary Adelaide, are installed in the east bell tower. Their respective weights are 2907, 1483.5 and 925.5 pounds. They were cast in ornate, inscripted bronze in Ste. Savoie, France, by G. Paccard & Sons. The three bells constitute a low pitch in keys D, F sharp, and A.