Christ Church for the 2014 DesignPhiladelphia Festival

September 6, 2014 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2014 Festival

MONDAY OCT 13 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM


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Forged in the same fires as our famous Liberty Bell, the 1702 Christ Church Bell is a living instrument carrying the sound of our Nation's revolution to the present.  The bell symbolizes the endurance of this great American experiment.

At one time, sitting with its sister bells atop Christ Church bell tower, the Great Bell rang to inspire ideals of equality in our forefathers.  It rang the call to sermon for those seeking a new path, and ultimately to celebrate the first notes of the birth of our country. For a time it lay underwater, hidden from the enemy.  For a time, it was lost, estranged from its people.  Now, it hangs, eager to resonate in the ears of a new generation. This event showcases the architecture vision by MOTO Designshop to restore the bell to its new home in the Christ Church courtyard.

The Christ Church in Philadelphia was founded in 1695; this building was constructed between 1727 and 1744. Benjamin Franklin raised money for the tower and steeple, added in 1754.

The parish was known as "The Nation's Church" because of the famous Revolution-era leaders who worshiped here.  During the Revolutionary Era, Christ Church welcomed the Continental Congresses. Benjamin and Deborah Franklin and Betsy Ross were parishioners. Later during their presidency, both George Washington and John Adams attended services here. 

A spectacular example of Georgian Colonial architecture, the tower and steeple made it the tallest building in America until 1856.

Forged in the same fires of our famous Liberty Bell, the “Christ Church Great Bell” is a living instrument that still carries the sound of our countries revolution, which fought for freedom and tolerance. At one time, it rang to inspire of equality in our forefathers.

Christ Church is teaming up with MotoDesign Shop to create a beautiful base to view the bell so that the hundreds of thousands of visitors who will gaze upon it. 

The design context is created by keeping the bell at eye’s grasp by not just seeing the bell in all of its detail, character and patina.

MotoDesign will place the 1702 bell in stark contrast to the many historical artifacts that tell their story from a distance, behind guard or though plaques.  The bell embodies its history and propagates it through sound. It is an active participant in the telling of its story.

The Christ Church garden where the bell will be permanently displayed near 2nd & Market Street

Over 150,000 students and adults visit each year to hear the exciting stories about the fascinating revolutionary-era men and women who attended the church.

The Christ Church Bell Project will demonstrate in lively detail that moment where history becomes present. It is the moment when we are reminded what Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and our founding fathers experienced. It is the moment that the bell once more will actively represent those ideals inherent to history.

about Christ Church

Known as "The Nation's Church" because of the famous Revolutionary-era leaders who worshiped here, Christ Church was founded in 1695. It was the first parish of the Church of England (Anglican) in Pennsylvania. It is also the birthplace of the American Episcopal Church.  Talks on the church's rich history are given throughout the day.

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