Tuesday, May 15, 2007

LSU Memorial Tower


LSU's Campanile, or Memorial Tower, stands 175 feet tall and was dedicated in 1926 as a memorial to Louisianians who died in World War I. Until two years ago, the ground floor housed the LSU Museum of Art, which is now located at the Shaw Center downtown. The campanile plays the Westminster Chimes and rings every quarter-hour, and also plays the Alma Mater and the LSU fight song on occasion. There is a tradition that the person you kiss under the tower when it chimes at midnight is the one you'll be engaged to marry, but I've never tested that out, myself.

3 comments:

zentmrs said...

The campanile at Iowa State University has the same legend, though like you, I never tried it out...

This is a lovely photo - I like the sky in the background. The perspecitve makes it look very "towering" too.

Steve Buser said...

Good morning Mr. Bell Tower, SIR! I remember it well. The ROTC corps would fill the parade grounds and yell there morning greeting. Ours was the first year with the freshmen didn't get their hair shaven.

texastubre said...

I like what it represents.