Memorial Tower

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Memorial Tower
LSU Memorial Tower 2.jpg
Memorial Tower of LSU
General information
TypeClock tower
Architectural styleItalian Renaissance
LocationBaton Rouge, Louisiana
Coordinates30°24′52″N 91°10′44″W / 30.41447°N 91.1789°W / 30.41447; -91.1789Coordinates: 30°24′52″N 91°10′44″W / 30.41447°N 91.1789°W / 30.41447; -91.1789
Construction started1923
OwnerLouisiana State University
Height175 ft
Design and construction
ArchitectTheodore Link
Memorial Tower
Part ofLouisiana State University, Baton Rouge (ID88001586)
Designated CPSeptember 15, 1988

Memorial Tower, or the Campanile as it is sometimes called, is a 175-foot clock tower in the center of Louisiana State University's campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States. Erected in 1923 and officially dedicated in 1926, it stands as a memorial to Louisianans who died in World War I.[1][2]

The Plaza[edit]

The plaza area in front of Memorial Tower has served as a place of both ceremony and celebration. The University's annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place on the plaza and attracts many visitors to the area. In addition, Student Government holds the formal installation for its new President and Vice President each spring. Valentine's Day is especially important for the plaza, as superstition turned tradition says to become an official "LSU student," one must be kissed under the Memorial Tower when the chimes ring at midnight. Those wishing to carry out the tradition today find that the chimes no longer ring after 10 p.m. except for the evening of Valentine's Day.[3]

Upon entering the tower, visitors find the rotunda of bronze plaques bearing the names of 1,447 fallen Louisiana World War I soldiers, to whom the tower is dedicated. The inside of the tower is also home to a military museum.

The Chimes[edit]

Each quarter-hour, the LSU community can hear the sound of chimes coming from the bells of the clock tower. The Westminster Chimes are used each day until 10p.m. At noon, the University's alma mater is played.[3]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 3, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 10, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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