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The Bell Tower at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church

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A distinct peal from a bell tower can become a hallmark sound for a church and its surrounding community, but creating a bell tower that is architecturally iconographic becomes a visual representation of that church’s past, present and future.

Tom Ventulett, one of our founding members, just completed one such bell tower for the Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church in Atlanta. The church has a history of service to the Atlanta community, beginning that service as a haven for orphaned children after the Civil War.

 

From Holy Innocents’ Website:

“In 1872, as Atlanta had begun to recover from the devastation of the Civil War, signs of prosperity, which would become the hallmark of its future, became evident. The railroad became the source of an eventual booming economy. Growth also brought challenges. The women widowed and the children orphaned by the war were struggling – and Episcopalians responded with great concern. In 1872 the Rev. W.B. Elliott, rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, designated the church’s Easter offering to found a mission Sunday school for “the poor of the northern suburb.” With the help of a gift of land by Mrs. Richard Peters and building funds by Mrs. George Walker, the little Mission of Holy Innocents’ had its beginning at the corner of Ponce de Leon and Juniper Streets with the erection of a chapel-classroom.”

The original site of the church is located at 16th Street and what is now the expressway. Today, it stands in Sandy Springs. Holy Innocents’ wanted a bell tower to display and use the original brass bell that was used in the church, but to make a complete peal, they needed two more bells to round out the sound. After several sketches and plans were developed, the bell tower now stands at 64 feet with three columns and three bells, including the original brass bell.

 

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