The Weekly Examiner. (Bartlesville, Indian Terr.), Vol. 12, No. 52, Ed. 1 Saturday, March 2, 1907 Page: 3 of 8
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Campanile at Venice—To Be
Made the Most Beautiful
in the West.
St. Louis.—One of the most remark-
able features of St. Louis will soon be
"Lud's tower," an enormous structure I
which a citizen is erecting at a cost
of $40,000 on King's highway. Rising
from one of the highest points in the
city, it will be a conspicuous objcct
from all parts of St. Louis, and it will
probably perpetuat > for all time the
name of the gentleman who conceived
"Lud's tower".will rise from the sit:- j
of the new Second Baptist church to \
a height of more than 200 feet. The
cost of the structure will be more than
f40.' ii. It ha: be u named by nfom
bets of the Socond IJaptist congrega
tion, who call it "Lud's tower," after j
tlio millionaire donor, F. II. LuJii gr j
ton, of St. Louis.
The style of the church which this
campanile is to ovortop will be Lom
bard gothic. The structure is to be
executed in brick and terra cotta. The
roof will be of title. The brick will be
deep yellow in color and the terra cot-
ta a buff. The main buildings of this
new place of worship will be a church
to the left of the campanile and a
chapel to the right. The two struc-
tures will be connected by a loggln on
the front and by two arcades on trie
east or in the rear.
Midway between the two main edi-
fices and dividing the arcades and the
loggia will rise the tower, to be com-
posed of the same materials as are
used in the church and chapel. Around
the base and in the open spaces be-
tween the chapel and church will be
flower gardens, with a fountain in
front There will be an inclosed floral
garden about 75 feet square.
The tower will rise, narrowing
slightly to almost the full height, and
then will be topped with a spire.
Most Beautiful in the West.
It is the intention of the architects
to make the tower the most beautiful
In the West. The new church will
bo locate.', on the west half of the
square facing King's highway and ly-
ing between McPherson and Wash-
ington aven' *t. The complete struc-
ture !:• to about $250,000.
The have studied the com
pa tiles; . s rathwestern Europe and
vill attempt to incorporate their many
hointJes In tl:e St. Louis tower. Mr-
I.ndl gton, who makes the campanile
his donation to the church, was much
impressed by the famous campanile la
Venice which fell four years ago.
The historic Campanile of Venice,
after which "Lud's tower" Is modeled,
weathered ten centuries before it fell.
It collapsed on the morning of July
14, 1902, and lay In a heap 100 feet
high. A corner of the royal palace
was tom. but St. Mark's and the
doge's palace were unharmed.
Lud's tower" will be so solidly con-
structed that the elements and age
are not expected to Injure it for many
centuries. It will have many windows
and observation openings.
The new St. Louis campanile will be
so tall that it will dominate all the
surrounding buildings. To the base
of the spire it will be more than 15
stories high. Stairways will lead up
this full distance. There will be eight
floors finished and furnished for use.
The second fioor will be furnished for
p. meeting room for deacons and board
St. John's Methodist church, imme-
diately across King's highway, will be
completely overtopped by "Lud's tow-
er." Beautiful Forest park, near by,
will be directly under the vision from
the higher stories.
When "Lud's tower" is completed
the photographer can take a better
panorama of the new St. Loais, espe-
cially of the west end residence sec-
tion, than has ever before been taken
from the roof of the highest west end
apartment or hotel.
"I looked over the plans for the new
church," said Mr. Ludington, "and I
thought the edifice ought to be com-
plete. I did not know anything which
would be more imposing than a cam-
panile and I suggested one, offering
to pay the expense of it.
"My only object in doing this was
to keep the church from being over-
shadowed by the big hotel to the north
and to join the church and chapel ed?
fices in a harmonious group.
"I think," said Mr. Ludington, "such
a tower is absolutely necessary to giv«
the new church the proper architec
tural finish. Aside from a feeling that
it was right for me to contribute my
share toward the progress of the
church 1 had attended so long I want
ed to Bee the new buildings so joined
together as to add another attractioc
to the city."
The windows of the tower will be
of "art glass." the pattern conforming
to the general style of architecture ol
the whole group of buildings and the
interior finish will be in the same
woods, colors and marbles as are good
In tlio church auditorium. *
The ceiling of the main auditorium
will be in brown oak and the walls
in warm-tinted plasters, relieved by
mosaic stenciling in colors. The cler
(•story arches will,be supported by
green marble columns with dull gild
ed capitals. The pulpit and choir gal-
lery are planned in carved and mold-
ed oak. The organ will be In the same
"Lud's tower" is to be well lighted
and the stairways constructed to make
ascent easy. The windows will be
!daced at the landings, which are to
; broad enough to permit many per-
ms to observe the surrounding sec-
•ions of St. Louis at the same time.
The base of "Lud's tower," 25 feet
square, outside dimensions, will be of
three-fot six inch walls of granite and
brick, resting on a concrete founda-
tion with a seven-foot footing sunk
seven feet below the grade.
The thickness of the walls will leave
the inside dimensions about 18 feet
square. The tower is to taper upward
to a belfry, the base of which will be
18 inches smaller than the base of the
The belfry will be 18 feet In aiam-
eter, and octagonal in shape. The
floor of the belfry will be concrete.
The tower will weigh 3,250,000
pounds and Mr. Garden of the firm of
architects says it will be strong
enough to support the weight of bells
or of a single big bell and to resist the
strain of the sounding either. He be-
lieves chimes will be installed, al-
though that has not been definitely
XricK, stone ana terra cotta, the
materials to be used in this tower, will
make it solid and strong," said Mr.
Garden. "We are trying to make this
the handsomest tower in ths West.
Much of the tower's beauty will come
from the gothic arch windows."
F. H. Ludington, who donates Jhe
tower to the church, is president of
the H. & L. Chase Bag company of
St. Louis. He was born September 3,
1836, in Boston. At 1& the death of
his father threw him on his own re-
rources. He obtained employment in
i grocery. He saved money and en-
tered the Phillips Exeter academy at
vndover and later the Phillips college
at Bridgewater, Mass. He graduated
with honors at 23. •
He taught school in Massachusetts
for five years. Among his valuable ac-
quaintances were the Chase brothers
f Boaton. In 1856 this firm opened a
Louis branch id at voting Li
igton here in chargfe. Later Mr. Lud-
gton was taken Into the firm. In
^'3, his partners having died. Mr.
udington severed his connection
; h the Boston house and organized
he H. & L. Chase Bag company of
Mr. Ludington is identified with
inking and Insurance corporations
■1 St. Louis. He is an active officer
of the Second Baptist church. He de-
votes much time and means to church
and benevolent work. He has a son.
Elliott K. Ludington.
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