Edwards Bell Tower

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The William and Julia Edwards Bell Tower is an 85-foot-tall brick and limestone tower located in the center of the academic quad at Birmingham-Southern College.

The tower, dedicated on October 14, 1999, was named in honor of donors and Birmingham-Southern alumni William and Julia Stacey Edwards. It has clock faces on each of its four sides. The base of the tower has four arched openings and a cast seal of the college is embedded in the paving below.

Its 23-foot-tall cupola shelters four large bells cast by the Paccard Bell Foundry and an additional 61-bell carillon under its bell-shaped copper roof. The large bells strike the Westminster chime on the hour. The computer-controlled carillon, designed and built by the Van Bergen Co. of Charleston, South Carolina, is programmed for 150 musical pieces, including the college's alma mater, which plays each afternoon at 5:00 PM.

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