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The City of Greenville broke ground on Unity Park’s Honor Tower

Unity Park’s Honor Tower will pay tribute to local military and first responders, and architect Paul Endres says he hopes the design “unifies the city and helps bring people together.”

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The tower is named after local philanthropists Thomas and Vivian A. Wong.

Photo by the City of Greenville

The City of Greenville officially broke ground on Honor Tower. This 10-story observation tower at Unity Park has been years in the making and is expected to be complete in summer or fall 2025.

Located between what used to be two segregated parks (Mayberry Park + Meadowbrook Park), Honor Tower was designed by Endrestudio. The view from the top will offer panoramic views of downtown + the Blue Ridge Mountains. We’re breaking down the design by the numbers:

  • 125 feet. That’s how tall Honor Tower will be when built, with an observation deck at 99 feet.
  • 75,000 pounds. That’s how much steel will be used to build the tower, which is the equivalent of 18 Ford F-150s.
  • ~3 miles. That’s the total length of aluminum slats that will be used for the tower’s exterior.
  • 250,000 pounds. That’s how much the tower will weigh. While that seems like a lot, it’s only 10 pounds per sqft per level which makes it relatively light.
  • 176. That’s how many steps there will be to the top. There will also be an elevator made of glass for accessibility while also providing riders with the same inside views as the climbers.
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Honor Tower offers 360° views.

Renderings by Endrestudio

The area around the tower will feature gardens and a plaza, where the city plans to host ceremonies and memorials.

The full funding for the ~$11 million tower was secured in December 2022:

  • $5.5 million came from private donations.
  • $3.5 million came from the local accommodations tax.

    The City collects a local 3% tax on hotel and motel charges within Greenville’s city limits, and state law says a portion of that revenue must be spent on tourism-related items.

  • $1 million came from the hospitality tax.

    The City collects a 2% tax on food and beverages (including alcoholic beverages) sold in the city limits and the funds must be used for tourism-related activities and improvements.

  • $1 million came from Unity Park construction savings.
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