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Beaumont Tower is an iconic landmark located on the campus of Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing, Michigan. Beaumont Tower was constructed in 1928 as part of a larger project to beautify the campus. It was funded by a donation from John W. Beaumont, a wealthy alumnus of MSU. The tower was designed by the architectural firm of Donaldson and Meier in a classical revival style. Originally, the tower was built as a part of the Beaumont Memorial Fountain and Carillon. The fountain was located at the base of the tower, and it served as a memorial to John W. Beaumont's parents. The carillon, a musical instrument consisting of bells, was installed in the tower and used to play music across the campus.
Beaumont Tower quickly became a symbol of Michigan State University. Its iconic design and central location on campus made it a recognizable landmark for students, faculty, alumni, and visitors alike. Over the years, Beaumont Tower has undergone several renovations and restorations to ensure its structural integrity and preserve its historical significance. These renovations have included repairs to the carillon, restoration of the tower's exterior, and upgrades to its mechanical systems.
Beaumont Tower is associated with several traditions at Michigan State University. One of the most well-known traditions is the "Beaumont Tower Climb," where students climb the tower's stairs to touch the engraved block "1956" at the top for good luck before exams or graduation. Additionally, the tower bells chime every quarter-hour, marking the passage of time on campus. Overall, Beaumont Tower stands as a symbol of tradition, pride, and academic excellence at Michigan State University, serving as a beloved landmark for generations of Spartans.
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