World's Largest Chime Foot Piano Historical

World's Largest Chime Foot Piano Historical (HM1UK3)

Location: Cincinnati, OH 45202 Hamilton County
Buy Ohio State flags at!
Country: United States of America
Buy United States of America flags at!

N 39° 5.722', W 84° 30.643'

  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites


This one-of-a-kind structure was designed and built by Cincinnati's Verdin Company. Sensors under the piano keys electronically cause the strikers at the top of the structure to ring the chimes.

The chimes themselves are historic. They were installed in 1946 in a church in central Pennsylvania and later saved from the wrecking ball by Jim Verdin. These rare, bronze tubular chimes were originally manufactured by Deagan Chime of Chicago. The unusual shape of the chimes reflects the harmonic tuning of each chime. The Deagan company was purchased by Verdin in 1973.

Verdin has a long history with the site of the park. Their first factory, built in 1842, was located blocks away, at 123 Broadway, the current site of Great American Ballpark. The Foot Piano was fabricated in their current factory in Cincinnati's East End, just a few miles from the park. The Verdin Company manufactures bronze bells, street clocks, tower clocks and carillons, and these have been installed at over 50,000 sites all over the world.

The piano is designed to play pre-recorded music and to sound on the hour. Most of the time it can be played with your feet.

To operate the keyboard, press your full weight with the ball of your foot in the center of the black or white circular medallions then fully remove your weight.

Piano generally operates from 10 am to 11 pm and is closed in the winter.
HM NumberHM1UK3
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 715275 N 4330309
Decimal Degrees39.09536667, -84.51071667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 5.722', W 84° 30.643'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 5' 43.32" N, 84° 30' 38.58" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)513
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5 John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, Cincinnati OH 45202, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Nearby Markersshow on map
Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. Is this marker part of a series?
  2. What historical period does the marker represent?
  3. What historical place does the marker represent?
  4. What type of marker is it?
  5. What class is the marker?
  6. What style is the marker?
  7. Does the marker have a number?
  8. What year was the marker erected?
  9. Who or what organization placed the marker?
  10. This marker needs at least one picture.
  11. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  12. Is the marker in the median?