Oakland University Elliott Carillon Tower

Oakland University Elliott Carillon Tower

Rochester, MI

A donation from longtime supporters, Hugh and Nancy Elliott, allowed Oakland University the opportunity to transform the landscape of its campus with the addition of a new carillon tower. The $6.5 million gift to the University is the last carillon tower to have its bells and keyboard cast by the Petit and Fritsen Royal Bellfoundry in the Netherlands, which has been around since 1660. The 49 bronze bells weigh a total of more than 30,000 pounds, ranging from the high C at 24 pounds, to the low C, which is 5,000 pounds, and five feet in diameter.

Located between the Oakland Center, O’Dowd Hall, and the Kresge Library, this 151-foot tower is stunning visual centerpiece for the campus. A water fountain, garden and plenty of seating surround the monument, creating an atmosphere for students to socialize, host activities, or simply utilize as a meeting place.

The Elliott Tower will forever symbolize the pride the community has taken in Oakland University’s accomplishments, as well as the promise of even greater success in the future.