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LostALot22 wrote a review Jul 2020
Chicago, Illinois8,938 contributions779 helpful votes
This tower is towards the middle of the campus. It’s tall and pretty cool. We enjoyed seeing it as we walked past.
Date of experience: July 2020
Taylor B wrote a review Aug 2019
Chicago, Illinois6,399 contributions5,215 helpful votes
Some architectural critics have compared the McFarland Carillon on the University of Illinois campus to the Picasso statue in Chicago. Not so. Located at 1301 West Gregory Drive in Urbana, the McFarland Carillon also has been referred to as the McFarland Bell Tower or McFarland Memorial Bell Tower or South Quad Bell Tower. Built in 2008-2009, it is a 185-foot-tall bell tower with 49 bells, which can be controlled by a computer with 500 pre-programmed songs or can be played directly with a keyboard. Truth be told, the South Quad Bell Tower wasn't supposed to be. The carillon project began as an attempt to upgrade and renovate the University Chimes in the bell tower of Altgeld Hall. But it wasn't feasible to fit 49 bells in a tower that holds only 15. So a free-standing campanile tower that had been considered as a possibility for the campus since 1913 became a reality. The construction of the McFarland Carillon was funded with a $1.5 million donation by Illinois alum H. Richard McFarland and named for his wife Sarah "Sally" McFarland, who died of ovarian cancer in 2003. The tower's 49 bells were cast in the Netherlands and transported to Champaign-Urbana at a total cost of $550,000.…
Date of experience: August 2019
Don wrote a review Nov 2018
Doha, Qatar84 contributions20 helpful votes
Added to it’s elegance is the music that emanates from this artistic structure that keeps you enchanted around the seating area. And if you lie down and look from bottom-to-top perspective (photograph attached) is a WoW factor experience not to be missed while in the Uni premises.…
Date of experience: September 2018
Victor K wrote a review Jun 2018
5 contributions2 helpful votes
Great place to take photos. Sometimes bell-ringers play songs on the tower. I believe you can also apply for the bell-ringing job if you have some music background.
Date of experience: May 2018
Clevlander wrote a review Mar 2017
Springfield, Illinois4,382 contributions475 helpful votes
At the University of Illinois. Nice place to walk on the South End of the Campus. Its in the middle of a large Quad with an impressive view of the University.
Date of experience: March 2017