Robert A. Taft Memorial and Carillon

The Robert A. Taft Memorial and Carillon is located north of the Capitol, on Constitution Avenue between New Jersey Avenue and First Street, N.W. Designed by architect Douglas W. Orr, the memorial consists of a 100-foot Tennessee marble tower and a 10-foot bronze statue of Senator Taft sculpted by Wheeler Williams. Jets of water flow into a basin that rings the base. The carillon in the upper part of the tower consists of 27 bells that were cast in the Paccard Bell Foundry in Annecy, France. Robert A. Taft, the son of William Howard Taft, was elected to the Senate in 1938 and served until his death in 1953. Construction of the memorial was authorized by the Congress in July 1955 and funded by contributions from every state in the nation.