More than 80 years after appearing on the St Kilda foreshore, the Catani Clock Tower will be completed as first envisaged when bell chimes ring out later this year. We're seeking your feedback on the frequency and timing of the digital chime to be installed.
This project follows a Notice of Motion from the Ordinary Meeting of Council (1 August 2018). The relevant docuements are contained in the Document Library.
Carlo Catani (1852 - 1918) set the design principles for the St Kilda foreshore as a cosmopolitan Mediterranean-style entertainment and promenading parkscape. His vision included a prominent public clock tower as the centrepiece.
After the death of Carlo Catani in 1918, a fundraising campaign was launched to erect a memorial on the old rotunda site on the Esplanade. A clock tower was delivered after a design competition was held in 1930 – but without a bell. Architect Norman Schefferle’s winning design allowed for a bell to be added later.
Digital chimes with directional speakers will be installed in the Clock Tower, minimising the impact on residents. Clock experts have recommended against a physical bell due to considerations including structural issues.
The installation of digital chimes to complete the Clock Tower is part of a program of events to honour and celebrate Carlo Catani’s design and engineering contributions to the City of Port Phillip and the State of Victoria.