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Memorial Union Memorial Union: The Transcendent Tower

Signs, Symbols, and Seals: The Sculpture of Memorial Tower

Set in Stone

The limestone tower was constructed with two types of masonry: ashlar and rusticated. Ashlar masonry consists of precisely cut polished stones while rusticated masonry is made of irregular-shaped blocks. The tower’s walls are rusticated and its arcade and piers (seen here) have both ashlar and rusticated masonry. Seen from afar, this combination creates the illusion that Memorial Tower is a Gothic ruin, not a modern monument imitating a medieval building.

Ashlar and Rusticated Masonry

Masonry

 

Memorial Union Exhibition

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History of Memorial Tower

Making the Memorial

In Memoriam

Signs, Symbols, and Seals: The Sculpture of Memorial Tower

Figured in Stone: The Arcade Sculptures of Memorial Tower

Tradition: Tipping the Cap

 

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