Memorial Belltower, NC State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
Posted by: showbizkid
N 35° 47.156 W 078° 39.814
17S E 711163 N 3962724
Quick Description: North Carolina State University's Town Clock is the Memorial Belltower.
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 1/8/2006 8:41:25 PM
Waymark Code: WM5V3
This 115-foot clocktower has a long history. It was originally designed in 1920 as a memorial to alumni killed in World War I.
Three years after the end of the war the dedications and corner stone laying were held, and the first 10 ft. sections of Mt. Airy granite were added in 1924,1925 and 1926. However, the Great Depression caused fund-raising efforts to fall behind, and the tower could not be completed until 1937 with the aid of the federal WPA agency.
Still, at this time, the clock had not been installed in the tower. The student honor societies and the Class of '38 provided for the clock, while the Class of '39 gave the floodlights.
Finishing details were delayed during World War II, but with funds from students, alumni and foundations; the chimes, shrine room and memorial plaque were completed. It was dedicated November 11, 1949.
The Memorial Belltower still operates today. I was present at the 11:00 a.m. chimes.
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Memorial Belltower from Base:
Cornerstone bearing the seal of the North Carolina College of Argiculture and Engineering - NCSU's name from 1917 to 1964: