After two years of silence, the 15 bells of the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, are ringing again for the holiday season!
Haselden Construction is proud to have brought this project to completion for the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver. Hit this link to hear the bells ring!
“We are excited to have them functioning again,” says Msgr. Thomas Fryar. “Not only for the fact that it’s maintaining the heritage of the cathedral, but it’s going to allow us to continue what they were put there for: to be a bit of comfort and solace in the middle of the city.”
The Cathedral Basilica stopped ringing its bells in 2011, after an inspection revealed serious concerns that the 100-year-old wooden frame could no longer support 17,725 pounds of pure copper and tin bells.
Since last May, Haselden has worked to replace the wooden frame with steel supports. They have also added a Carillon Master Control system that allows the bells to be controlled remotely by a small keyboard located in the choir loft. The new system will allow the Cathedral Basilica to play many tunes, including the Angelus bells; Westminster Chimes, or the Call to Worship.