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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Burton Tower clock stopped temporarily during renovation work

The clock on Burton Memorial Tower has been stopped for the next phase of renovation. It will remain set at 6:30 p.m. and should be functional prior to the end of the year.

The university is repairing stonework and replacing metal flashing on the tower and repairing the metal framework supporting the carillon. Emergency repairs were made in 2008 to fix cracking and falling limestone.

The Board of Regents approved the repair work in June, necessitating the carillon to be silenced for only the second time in its 75-year history. The chimes and bells were stopped in September.

Burton Tower houses classrooms for the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, offices for the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, the University Musical Society and the Charles Baird Carillon.

The project will cost $1.6 million. Construction began in August and should be completed in the summer of 2011.