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Soldier's Tower

Soldier's Tower

Situated at the western end of Hart House and standing 143 feet tall, the Soldiers' Tower is a world-renowned memorial to the 628 members of the University of Toronto who gave their lives while on active service in 1914-1918 and to the 557 men and women lost from 1939 to 1945. It was built in 1923-24 using $397,141 raised by the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA) to build a War Memorial and establish scholarships in memory of those students, faculty, staff and alumni who served in the Great War. The initial cost of the Tower and Memorial Screen, the clock and the carillon was $252,500. The interest on the surplus is still in use today for War Memorial Scholarships and for tower expenses. Carved in stone on the Memorial Screen are the ranks, names and units of those lost to the university in the First World War. The two walls of the archway record the service of the men and women lost in the Second World War.

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  • Beautiful tower
    guestBook Guestbook/ nicoleknight/ Apr 30, 2017

    The Soldier's Tower is very beautiful, with regards to both its architecture and its stained glass. It makes you think about how the students at the time must have felt seeing their friends and family enlist in the army during WWI.

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    guestBook Guestbook/ CFede/ Mar 29, 2015

    The thing i love the most of this tower must be the melody played every sunday. Sometimes I can hear it from my room! (Living very close to it)
    Also the magnificent stained glass window recall me of Europe's churches, where I come from!

  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ CFede/ Mar 29, 2015
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Soldier's Tower

Soldier's Tower

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Part of the 12-piece stained glass window inside the tower is a visual interpretation of what famous poem?

Lucy Maud Montgomery’s “At Nightfall” Margaret Atwood’s “Siren Song” John Mcrae’s “In Flanders Fields”
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  • Beautiful tower
    guestBook Guestbook/ nicoleknight/ Apr 30, 2017

    The Soldier's Tower is very beautiful, with regards to both its architecture and its stained glass. It makes you think about how the students at the time must have felt seeing their friends and family enlist in the army during WWI.

  • Soldier's tower
    guestBook Guestbook/ CFede/ Mar 29, 2015

    The thing i love the most of this tower must be the melody played every sunday. Sometimes I can hear it from my room! (Living very close to it)
    Also the magnificent stained glass window recall me of Europe's churches, where I come from!

  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ CFede/ Mar 29, 2015

Situated at the western end of Hart House and standing 143 feet tall, the Soldiers' Tower is a world-renowned memorial to the 628 members of the University of Toronto who gave their lives while on active service in 1914-1918 and to the 557 men and women lost from 1939 to 1945. It was built in 1923-24 using $397,141 raised by the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA) to build a War Memorial and establish scholarships in memory of those students, faculty, staff and alumni who served in the Great War. The initial cost of the Tower and Memorial Screen, the clock and the carillon was $252,500. The interest on the surplus is still in use today for War Memorial Scholarships and for tower expenses. Carved in stone on the Memorial Screen are the ranks, names and units of those lost to the university in the First World War. The two walls of the archway record the service of the men and women lost in the Second World War.

Toronto, Ontario
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Photo: Photography from http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1d/Soldiers'_Tower,_University_of_Toronto.jpg Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.