Beaumont Tower

Location: East Lansing, MI 48823, USA


Beaumont Tower dates from 1928 and is the most recognized structure on the MSU campus. As you look around from this point, you are seeing the oldest part of the campus. This area of North Campus largely ringed by West Circle Drive is often called the Sacred Space. The low relief art deco carving on the north face of Beaumont Tower is The Sower , by sculptor Lee Lawrie (1922). The inscription "Whatsoever a Man Soweth" (from The Bible, Galatians 6:7 ) refers to MSU's origins as an agricultural college and to the seminal nature of knowledge. The tower also contains a carillon with 49 bells.

This part of campus has many established trees such as oaks and maples. Once there were many elms here as well but today only a few elms survive. Most have been killed by Dutch Elm Disease.

Walk south west and then cross West Circle Drive, towards the Beal Botanical Garden west of the Main Library. When you cross the road, note the tree on the south side immediately to your left, which is another elm.

Order: Stop 2

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