In 1981, The Verdin Company, North America's oldest bell and clock company, purchased historic St. Paul's Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. Built in 1850, the Church had been decommissioned in 1975 and stood empty for six years. When The Verdin Company bought the building it was in extreme disrepair, and the restoration work was to climb to one and half million dollars. After the two-year-long work was completed, the beautiful building housed The Verdin Company corporate headquarters and the Verdin Bell and Clock Museum.
The Verdin Company was started in 1842 in Cincinnati, and has been guided by five generations of Verdins. During these years the company collected a trove of historic items associated with the bell and clock business. A museum, located in the recently restored Old St. Paul's Church, was a natural way to present the collections to the public.
Today, small and large groups can tour the museum by appointment only or rent it for private functions through The Bell Event Centre (513-852-2787). The rich beauty of the vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows, hand-painted murals, marble, and terrazzo flooring is a perfect setting for the antique clocks, bells and bell-ringing equipment that tell the story of a unique Cincinnati business.