Baker Bell Tower

Renovation of Dartmouth’s iconic Baker Library Bell Tower is underway. Modeled after Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, Baker Bell Tower is one of the most recognizable features on campus. 

Overview

Restoration of Dartmouth’s iconic Baker Library Bell Tower was completed in November 2016. Modeled to replicate Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the Baker Bell Tower is one of the most recognizable features of the Dartmouth campus. This was the Tower’s first renovation since its erection in 1928. 

Some of the most prominent improvements of this comprehensive restoration included: 

  • Replacing the Library’s copper roofing, flashing and ornamental metal
  • Expanding, energy-efficient LED exterior lighting to highlight the architectural details of the clock face and tower
  • Fabricating the clock’s hands and numbers back to their original 1928 design, and refurbishing the Tower’s weathervane
  • Implementing a new digital control system that supports both the Baker Tower bells and the clock
  • Replacing cork flooring within the Tower Room, and upgrading the electrical system to future lighting improvements and provide USB ports in all electrical outlets

The overall goal of this restoration project was to retain the architectural significance of the facility while, at the same time, updating components and preserving the Tower’s original structure to ensure another hundred years as a prominent feature of Dartmouth’s landscape.  

Project Milestones

  • Site and scaffolding preparation begins: June 20, 2016
  • Construction complete: October 28, 2016

Project Team

  • Project Manager: Bruce Giesing
  • Capital Renewal Program Manager: Patrick O’Hern
  • Architect: Bruner/Cott Architects
  • Construction Manager: Shawmut Design & Construction