The Memorial Belltower, its cornerstone dating to 1921, was built to honor the sacrifice of NC State alumni who lost their lives to military service in World War I. The Shrine Room, as the space at the tower’s base is known, contains a plaque listing their names. Now one of our campus’ most Hallowed Places, the tower stands as the best-known symbol of our university, a landmark and gateway to campus. It has become both a place of reflection and a place of celebration, joining together generations of the Wolfpack.
Powered by a lead gift from the Henry family to the university’s Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign, an amazing 2019-2021 completion and restoration project added 55 bells, at long last, as well as other improvements. Throughout the project, we’ve been sharing the story of the Belltower’s history, makeover, philanthropic support and more — a story of people, a century in the making.
Now, we invite you to take a special tour of the newly reopened and dedicated Memorial Belltower at Henry Square. Thanks to technology as extraordinary as the Belltower itself, the belfry, Shrine Room, plaza and more are available for you to view on a desktop/laptop, tablet or smartphone. Simply click your cursor or tap the screen to move to different points in, on and around the Belltower. Don’t forget to make your way to the top to see the 55 new bells that call the belfry home.
You can also click on various points of interest — marked by green (instructions/advice), blue (exterior of the Belltower) and red (interior) circles — for additional info, photos and other special content.
A Century in the Making
The Memorial Belltower finally got its bells, but its story has involved a lot of contributors over the years.Learn how the team planning and executing the completion and restoration project worked hard to maintain the site's historic integrity and build on the work of those who came (decades) before them.