The Ann and Robert H. Lurie Tower on University of Michigan’s North Campus, this is the companion to the more classical Burton Memorial Tower (which will be in tomorrows post)
Like Burton, the Lurie Tower contains one of only 23 grand carillon instruments in the world.
The Lurie Tower was designed by Michigan alumnus Charles Willard Moore (AB ’47, Hon Arch Ph.D. ’92) and was dedicated in October 1996. A gift of the “Ann and Robert H. Lurie Family Foundation,” it has 60 bells. Ann Lurie of Chicago donated $12 million in memory of her husband, Robert H. Lurie (BSE ’64, MSE ’66), to help fund the construction of North Campus buildings, including a bell tower. Completed in late 1995, the 167-foot (50.9 m) tall bell tower is a significant landmark on the evolving North Campus.
The bells of this grand carillon, which is lighter in weight than the Burton Tower’s 55-bell carillon, are cast in bronze, in the customary proportion of 80 percent copper to 20 percent tin, at the Royal Eijsbouts bell foundry in Asten, Netherlands. The North Campus bourdon bell weighs in at six tons.