Robert A. Taft Memorial and Carillon

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Mr Republican has his own Carillon. Senator Robert Taft had a long political career and had connections–he was a former Speaker and was President William Howard Taft’s oldest son–but the arch conservative is best remembered as an leading opponent of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal.

His memorial consists of an 11-foot bronze statue of the senator standing in front of a 100-foot-high bell tower with 27 bells.[foot]James M. Goode, Washington Sculpture: A Cultural History of Outdoor Sculpture in the Nation’s Capital (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), 18.[/foot]

It’s basically a clock tower without a clock. Every 15 minutes it’s bells chime the quarter hour, with a Big Ben-style peal on the hour. Oddly, Congress passed a resolution that the bells play the Star-Spangled Banner every Fourth of July at 2pm.

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Commercial shoots and filming may require a permit. And Capitol Police keep a close eye on the area because of its proximity to the US Capitol Building.

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Getting Here

The Robert Taft Memorial is in the a park area a couple of blocks from Union Station towards the National Mall.

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