Chime Tower at St. Luke's

$4,180 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 50 people in 18 months
SF
Steve Fox
on behalf of St Luke of the Mountains
 LA CRESCENTA, CA
St. Luke's of the Mountains Episcopal Church lies in the beautiful lush green hillside of La Crescenta. This church is especially blessed to have received a very special donation from Mr. and Mrs. Robert Watchorn in memory of their son Emory, a World War I victim. The gift of the Deagan chimes in 1926 serves as a symbol of beauty throughout all the Crescenta Valley both visually and aurally. The sound emitted from the chime tower is unique in its richness and fullness.  The chimes were designed to play several different tones and melodies, as well as chiming the top of the hour when they are working. These have been heard throughout the Valley for 90 years.  Sadly, the chimes have been silenced.
 
St. Luke’s considers itself a community church, and this is one of the ways that it serves its neighbors.  Many civic and social groups use St. Luke’s campus, and there are community activities for students who attend the nearby Rosemont Middle School and Crescenta Valley High School.  It has become a safe place for young people of all faiths to gather.  The chimes are meant for all to enjoy.
 
The chimes are an integral part of the community.  Once popular, Deagan chimes have become rare and even more rare are chimes that are still functioning.  As a result, there are a limited number of technicians who are able to attend to repairs and maintenance, which are rather costly.  In fact, the one technician who specializes in Deagan chimes lives in Tennessee.  In order to keep this beautiful and historic equipment working smoothly, we are collecting donations for upkeep of the chimes. We would love to get the chimes up and running again so that everyone in the community may enjoy their songs.
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Thanks to all of your support, the chimes are ringing again! We had an expert come out to restore them to working condition for the time being, however, there is still work to be done in completely restoring them to their original condition. We will post an update with a video of them ringing shortly for any who have not yet heard them.

(Pictured is the clock which coordinates the bells.)

Thank you!
Deagan Chimes
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Thanks to all of your support, the chimes are up and running!

Tomorrow, at 8:45 AM, the chimes will ring alongside the 9/11 Memorial Parade. Enjoy the beautiful sounds as we gather together for this event.

Additional donations will be used to repair the chimes further. Please continue to support our cause if you are able.
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The Chimes at St. Luke's have had significant work done on them in the last 30 days. Being that they are over 90 years old, several additional projects have surfaced as a part of their restoration; it will be an ongoing project.

We have brought in Top Rung Chimes from Tennessee, other churches that have Deagan Chimes are helping us, and have had local help from the entertainment industry.

We think we have most of the bugs worked out for now, but it will be an ongoing expense to keep them running. Any future contributions are greatly appreciated.
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$4,180 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 50 people in 18 months
Created February 3, 2017
SF
Steve Fox
on behalf of St Luke of the Mountains
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JC
$500
Joanne Crispin
1 month ago

In memory of George Crispin

JM
$25
Janice Munson
3 months ago

Thank you for a wonderful tour with the historical society.

CM
$50
Cookie M
4 months ago

For Mary Kosty and her love of Easter Sunday

$500
Anonymous
5 months ago
JM
$20
June Mack
5 months ago

Love these chimes! Thanks for saving them for future generations!

JL
$100
John Loppnow
6 months ago

We love St. Luke's of the Mountains! What a beautiful place and community. A group of us gather together to pray (Immanuel Journaling). We are grateful to Stephen Fox, Yesenia, and Fr. Kirby.

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