The Lowell House Bells Homepage

The Lowell House bells, a collection of 17 Russian bells, were given by Charles Crane as a gift to the house in 1930. The bells originally came from the St. Danilov Monastery in Moscow and were saved from being melted down by Stalin’s government.  As a result of this gift, the design for a traditional clock tower was redesigned to incorporate a bell tower instead.  In 2008 there was a carefully orchestrated bell exchange where the original bells were returned to the monastery, and a new set — cast at the Vera Foundry in Voronezh, Russia — were installed in Lowell House.  There remains a robust cultural exchange between Lowell House and the St. Danilov Monastery to this day.