Lowry Bell Tower
serenades campus again
great. I love it," Dr. Len Holmes said of the music coming from
UNC Pembroke's Lowry Bell Tower.
Sipping coffee on
the Bookstore patio, the chemistry professor seemed relaxed. "It's
like a park out here," he said.
The Lowry Bell Tower
is playing UNC Pembroke's song again.
Silent since the
mid-1990s, the Lowry Bell Tower is playing the Alma Mater and marking
time again thanks to a complete overhaul this summer. It is sweet music
to the ears of Chancellor Allen C. Meadors, who has led the charge for
the tower's resurrection.
Bell Tower is a landmark on our campus and should be maintained in a
manner that represents the spirit and love in which it was given to
the University," Chancellor Meadors said. "I am delighted
we have 'brought back' the music to campus!"
Besides a $20,000
sound system, the tower got an $80,000 facelift that displays the University
seal embedded in an artist's rendering of UNCP's hawk mascot. The clock's
four faces have been brightened and whitened.
reborn landmark has been well received by students.
tower's new look gives the campus more of an updated look." Michael
Johnson, a senior from Laurinburg.
"I think it
makes the campus look more beautiful," said Jamie Connerton, a
junior from Garner, N.C.
The work took place
from June through August, and, soon after, a University Bellmaster was
named. Lawrence Locklear, who doubles as the University's web publisher,
mans the controls of the refurbished tower.
part of my duties, I studied the history of the tower and the people
who inspired its purchase and construction," Locklear said.
Those people were
the late Ira and Reba Lowry.
were very involved in music and campus life," Locklear said. "They
were so passionate about their University, that Mr. Pate wrote the music
to the Alma Mater and Mrs. Pate wrote the lyrics."
The Alma Mater,
which plays from the carillon at noon and 6 p.m., has been modified
only slightly over time to reflect the University's name change.
believed that life is incomplete without music, and a campus is incomplete
without a carillon," Locklear said.
In order to bring
music to the University, the Lowrys contributed $20,000 of the $50,000
cost of the tower that was erected in 1981 on the Quad.
Frank Britt did the design work and supervised the construction.
is inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's stained glass windows," Britt
said. "Wright drew heavily upon Native American designs."
second inspiration was the glass and metal work found in the dome of
the U.S. House of Representatives wing of the Capitol, the architect
said. The top of the bell tower, that contains the UNCP and UNC system
seals and the University's Hawk mascot, was designed by a campus committee.
"The Hawk is
looking skyward for inspiration," Britt said of the new version
of the mascot. "It symbolizes both power and inspiration."
The grillwork is
made from welded aluminum and the seals are caste aluminum. Both were
made by Dove's Fabricating in Lumberton.
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