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1824, Levi Swain. 1911, renovation, Carneal and Johnston. Franklin St. at Capitol Sq.

The Bell Tower, which replaced an earlier structure on the site, provides a significant visual terminus to Franklin Street. The bell was used to rally the local citizenry and military units in times of emergency. Swain hailed from Boston and came to Richmond at about the same time as Alexander Parris.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Bell Tower", [Richmond, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 182-182.

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