Covington’s ‘iconic’ attraction will be repaired, officials say

The city of Covington is repairing one of its most notable landmarks, the city announced Monday. Officials said the historic bell tower has always been a symbol of tourism in the area and they want to ensure it remains that way. “The Carroll Chimes steeple has always been a significant attraction that draws people to Covington,” said Julie Kirkpatrick, Meet NKY President and CEO. “It’s a Covington icon. Thousands of visitors make it part of their NKY experience every year.” City officials said they plan to use federal grants to pay for repairs to the tower’s exterior. Last month, the Covington Board of Commissioners awarded a contract to Bryant Hartke Construction to carry out the work. “The work being undertaken with this phase of repairs will stabilize the exterior of the tower,” said Brandon Holmes, director of Neighborhood Services for the city. “Fortunately, the City is able to make the necessary investment for structural repairs now.” history| Affectionately known as the Pied Piper’s Tower, the Carroll Chimes Bell Tower is a 30-meter-tall, 43-bell carillon housed in a German Gothic clock. It is named after Kentucky Governor Julian Carroll. The tower was completed in 1979, adding old world charm to the village of MainStrasse. From April to October, as the tower chimed on the hour, mechanical figures moved across its balcony to play out the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, a tale repeatedly shaped by the likes of the Brothers Grimm, Robert Browning, et al. Holmes said the city will look to tap into the private sector for contributions to aid in future repair efforts. He encouraged anyone interested in donating to these efforts can find out more by contacting h i am at Brandon.Holmes@covingtonky.gov.

The city of Covington is repairing one of its most notable landmarks, the city announced Monday.

Officials said the historic bell tower has always been a symbol of tourism in the area and they want to ensure it remains that way.

“The Carroll Chimes Bell Tower has always been a major attraction that draws people to Covington,” said Julie Kirkpatrick, president and CEO of meetNKY. “It’s a Covington icon. Thousands of visitors make it part of their NKY experience every year.”

City officials said they plan to use federal grant funds to pay for repairs to the exterior of the tower.

Last month, the Covington Board of Commissioners awarded a contract to Bryant Hartke Construction to carry out the work.

“The work being undertaken with this phase of repairs will stabilize the exterior of the tower,” said Brandon Holmes, director of Neighborhood Services for the city. “Fortunately, the City is able to make the necessary investment for structural repairs now.”

Holmes also said that over the past few months he has received many calls from residents asking for information about the steeple.

Repairs are expected to begin in August.

History of the tower|

Affectionately known as the Pied Piper Tower, the Carroll Chimes Bell Tower is a 100-foot-tall, 43-bell carillon housed in a German Gothic clock.

It was named after Kentucky Governor Julian Carroll. The tower was completed in 1979, adding old world charm to the village of MainStrasse.

From April to October, as the tower chimed every hour, mechanical figures moved across its balcony to enact the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, a tale repeatedly shaped by Brothers Grimm, Robert Browning and the others.

Holmes said the city will look to tap into the private sector for contributions to help with future repair efforts.

He encouraged anyone interested in donating to these efforts can find out more by contacting him at Brandon.Holmes@covingtonky.gov.

Keith P. Plain