Cook Carillon Tower

Cook Carillon Tower
Grand Valley State University campus
Cook Carillon Tower at Grand Valley State University-Allendale campus
Cook Carillon Tower
Use carillon
Erected 1994
Location Center of Allendale campus
  42°57′48″N 85°53′19″W / 42.963425°N 85.888595°W / 42.963425; -85.888595Coordinates: 42°57′48″N 85°53′19″W / 42.963425°N 85.888595°W / 42.963425; -85.888595
Namesake Peter C. and Pat Cook
Architect unknown
Bells in carillon 48

The Cook Carillon Tower is a 10-story-tall carillon-clock tower located in the center of the Grand Valley State University-Allendale campus in Allendale, Michigan. The tower and carillon was built in 1994 with help from generous donations by Peter C. and Pat Cook for which it is named. The tower is considered to be a major icon of both the university and its campus and creates a notable central focal point on the Allendale campus.[1][2][3]

The 48 carillon bells are cast of bronze by the Royal Eijsbouts Bellfounders and Tower-clock Makers of the Netherlands. The largest bell weighs around 3,000 pounds and the smallest at just 14 pounds with sizes ranging from 51.7 to 7.5 inches. The tower itself is made of brick and stone.[1][3][4]

The carillon chimes at every quarter hour throughout the day on a set computerized play system. However, the bells are also connected to a keyboard and playing chamber located in the middle of the tower, from which a carillonneur can play.[1]

GVSU also has another carillon, the Beckering Family Carillon Tower, located on the Pew campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan.[5]


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