Artist's rendering of the Elliott Tower, which will be located north of Kresge Library.
Donated by longtime supporters Hugh and Nancy Elliott, the university is constructing a 151-foot Elliott Tower. The tower is designed to be a rallying point for student activities and will create a stunning visual centerpiece for Oakland’s campus. It will be complete with a water fountain, garden and decorative landscaping.
The structure will become the 14th carillon tower in Michigan; OU is the fourth Michigan university to have a carillon. Its 49 bells and keyboards were cast and built by the Royal Bellfoundry Petit & Fritsen of the Netherlands; the The Verdin Company of Cincinnati did the design and installation.
Dennis Curry, local carillonneur and longtime friend of the Elliotts, will serve as the university carillonneur and establish a program of education and training though the Department of Music.
There will be a regular live playing schedule in addition to the traditional quarter chimes.
Hugh and Nancy Elliott share thoughts about their generous gift to the Oakland University community.