Merizo Bell Tower

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Merizo Bell Tower
Merizo Bell Tower is located in Guam
Merizo Bell Tower
LocationOff Guam Highway 4, Merizo, Guam
Coordinates13°15′57″N 144°40′5″E / 13.26583°N 144.66806°E / 13.26583; 144.66806Coordinates: 13°15′57″N 144°40′5″E / 13.26583°N 144.66806°E / 13.26583; 144.66806
Area0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Built1914 or 1919[2]
NRHP reference #75002152[1]
Added to NRHPMay 29, 1975

The Merizo Bell Tower, on Guam Highway 4 in Merizo, Guam, is a bell tower that was built in 1914 or 1919.[2] It was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1975.[1][3]

The tower is 7.3 metres (24 ft) tall and sits on a 4 metres (13 ft) square base; it is built of a "heavy masonry called manposteria consisting of stone with mortar covered with cement plaster".[3]:2 The tower is significant for association with a Catholic priest, Father Cristobal de Canals, who built the bell tower and a church and took many steps to promote agriculture and raise the standard of living in the village of Merizo. Architecturally, the tower symbolizes transition between colonial Spanish architecture and more modern methods; a major element of its design is its massing.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  2. ^ a b Note: The NRHP nomination document, apparently by a typo, gives both year dates.
  3. ^ a b c David T. Lotz (March 5, 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Merizo Bell Tower". National Park Service. and accompanying photo from 1974