The Bok Tower is also called the “Singing Tower” because of the amazing huge Carillon bells that play music in the tower at 1:00 and 3:00 pm.  It is really quite beautiful and can be heard here: SINGING TOWER.

The tower is 205 feet tall and standing on one of the highest points in Florida already.  Its called a neolithic-Art Deco style and is made up of incredible pink and grey-blue marble from Georgia.

Each day I will explore a different aspect of Bok Tower and its architecture.  It has 8 levels and you would enter via the large polished brass door.  It is rare to enter because they do not allow the public in except for founders on special days and only into the first floor of 8.  I would love to explore the entire inside if it were only possible.  The museum at the gardens has a complete history of the making of the tower and pieces of the marble used.

In some angles you can see the tower in its reflecting pool along with the super lush vegetation all around:

ISO 100, F/9, 1/25 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/25 sec, 24 mm Lens

Another historic postcard from my collection from 1944 on the postmark. It says on the back: “Here’s one of the beauty spots we took in Sunday along with Cypress Gardens. Here just in time for the Carillon program which was very lovely. Passed through miles of Citrus groves on the way and hanging heavy with fruit. Thermometer is 74

handcolored postcard from Bok Towers, 1944, Lake Wales Florida

handcolored postcard from Bok Towers, 1944, Lake Wales Florida

I don’t know if there were really flamingos there in 1944 or if that was to just add to the scenery as there were no flamingos there now.

 

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