Dub and BJ Riter Milennium Carillon Tower and Plaza, Carillon Tower

UT Tyler Bell Tower

UT Tyler Bell Tower

 The Dub and B.J. Riter Millennium Carillon Tower and Plaza is the largest carillon tower in Texas and the 15th largest in America. Mr. and Mrs. A.W. "Dub" Riter Jr. donated a gift of $1.35 million to the university for the creation of the tower, which will be a primary symbol for UT Tyler throughout the generations.

The carillon tower is 16 feet wide on each side at the base and stands 80 feet from the ground to the main cornice above the clock with a cap section standing 8 feet above that. The tower houses 57 clear-tone bronze bells cast at a foundry in the Netherlands and the carillon is anchored by one low-note bell weighing more than 2,000 pounds.

Four identical clocks, each eight feet in diameter are located on each side of the tower. The Riter Carillon is centered in a circular plaza, 196 feet in diameter, featuring walkways, benches and landscaping.

 

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 Last Published 3/25/11