Nearly 100 years ago, under the leadership of a group of NC State alumni, the cornerstone was laid for the Memorial Belltower. While the past century has seen starts and stops in construction, the meaning behind the structure has never changed. The Belltower honors the alumni who died as a result of military service in World War I. It stands as one of our most hallowed places – an icon of our university and a meaningful part of our past, present and future.
In the fall of 2019, a project begins to restore the Belltower to full glory after decades of water damage. The surrounding space will be renovated into Henry Square and, at long last, the speakers in the tower’s belfry will be replaced by a full carillon of 55 bells. A clavier playing cabin will be added just below clock level, with new stairs winding upward inside the tower.
Throughout the coming months, follow along here as we share more about the history of the Belltower, the completion project and the philanthropy supporting it, and the extraordinary memories our students, alumni, faculty and staff have made at this beloved site, which has become such a symbol of sacrifice, pride and community.
Belltower Work is Underway
Scaffolding has been erected. Through November, the onsite focus is on exterior cleaning and restoration, along with preparations for future phases of the project including improved drainage and the addition of interior heating and cooling.Watch live
Moments in History
That Time Lightning Struck
Lightning hit the Memorial Belltower in 2009, knocking a capstone loose and temporarily putting the tower's clock out of commission.Read more
Light It Red
Light It Red
Due to ongoing restoration of the Belltower, this year’s celebrations will take place at the Talley Technology Tower.Read more about the times we've lit the Belltower red