Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project

 

 
Clock Tower

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Institution Name: Queens University of Charlotte
Original/Historic Place Name: Clock Tower
Location on Campus: Building 30
Date(s) of Construction:
1997original construction Jenkins Peer Architects
Designer: Jenkins Peer Architects
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Colonial revival, Contemporary (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, engineering
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Materials:
Foundation: 4 foot thick concrete
Walls: brick
Roof: copper roof
 
Function:
ca. 1997-present (2006)other (conceals cellular phone antennae for major national carriers)
ca. 1997-present (2006)bell tower (clock, Westminster chime, and carillion)
 

Narrative:
Aesthetically, this 140-foot tower provides a new vertical focal point on our campus, and the image of the top half of the tower has been used as a signature emblem on stationary and publications. A series of asymmetrical windows are positioned along the shaft of the tower. The mixture of Italian campanile architecture and campus vernacular presents a structure that is unique and complimentary with the historic architecture of the original buildings. It also serves a practical function by concealing within the tower three sets of cellular phone antennae which carry signals for major national carriers. The upper colonnade and cupola are fabricated from high-tech radio frequency transparent fiberglass, which allow the cellular transmissions to flow within an aesthetically pleasing exterior.
 

References:

Jenkins Peer, Architects. Clock Tower. Project Descriptions for Queens University of Charlotte. [Charlotte, NC: Jenkins Peer, Architects, n.d.], 2.

 

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