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Furman Bell Tower – Greenville, South Carolina

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The Bell Tower is one of Furman University‘s most beloved landmarks. Furman’s original bell tower was built in 1854 on what used to be the men’s campus. The bells rang to signal the start of classes and to celebrate victories for the athletic teams. Classes at Furman were disbanded during the Civil War, but the bells in the bell tower were rung to announce Confederate victories.

Furman University Tower Greenville

Jay Capilo of Simpsonville, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The new bell tower, dedicated in May of 1965, was built to the same specifications as the old tower. The sixty bells in the carillon were cast in Holland. Linking the past with the future, the iconic bell tower represents Furman for students and graduates alike. Its image appears on the school’s seal and on University publications and advertisements. And on a very practical note, the bell tower is an important reference point when giving directions on campus.

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Calvin Kelley, Sr of Mauldin, 2009 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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Blaine Owens of Greenville © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Furman Bell Tower Greenville

William Armonaitis of Greer, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Furman SC Bell Tower

Vincent Flores of Greer, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Furman University Bell Tower

Blaine Owens of Greenville © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Furman Bell Tower Info

Address: 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC 29613
GPS Coordinates: 34.927822,-82.439993

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7 Comments about Furman Bell Tower

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
October 10th, 2016 at 9:48 am

Thank you for these great details, Tom!

Tom TaylorNo Gravatar says:
October 6th, 2016 at 8:15 am

The original Belltower was designed by Edward C. Jones, prominent architect from Charleston that designed many other buildings such as Old Main on the Wofford College campus in Spartanbug, the Church of the Holy Cross in Stateburg, much of Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, and several other churches and buildings in Charleston.

I have many memories of this Belltower from when I was a student there. One of my good friends was the carillon play. I got to play the bells a couple of times. I also rappelled down the side of the Belltower from the top (clandestinely, late one night.) When we had a Frisbee break, we would give it a “burial at sea” by launching it into the lake from the upper floors of the tower (an environmentally unfriendly act that we would never do now.) Sadly, the upper floors are no longer accessible to the public. I’m hoping our college pranks had nothing to do with that.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
November 24th, 2014 at 9:21 am

Hello, Franci! The photos are indeed stunning! We refer people to the photographers themselves regarding inquiries about photo use, as they are the owners of the images and generously share them with us for the SC Picture Project. Most of the images have a link to the photographers’ websites. However, if you can’t find a way to get in touch with a photographer, let us know and we will try to get you an email address. Best of luck!

FranciNo Gravatar says:
November 22nd, 2014 at 4:23 pm

May we use the images on the Spartanburg CVB FB page to promote these landmarks in Spartanburg County? They are absolutely stunning. What a thought project.

Gail KarcherNo Gravatar says:
July 23rd, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Do the tower bells ring at a set time or only for special occasions?

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
November 4th, 2011 at 8:30 am

Hi James!

We’re not sure where you could get a drawing or blueprint of the tower, but I’m sure that if you contacted Furman University they could point you in the right direction. You can also find more information on the following page:

James ValentineNo Gravatar says:
November 2nd, 2011 at 8:49 am

Where can one get a detailed drawing of the tower with its dimensions? How tall is it and how wide is it and other stats on the tower?

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