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 a 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.1
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.
Photos of the Robert Taft Carillon
The Robert Taft Memorial is in a park area a couple of blocks from Union Station towards the National Mall.
You can find more of my photos of the Robert Taft Memorial and Carillon here.