During the 1998 Raccoon City Destruction Incident, the Umbrella Biohazard Countermeasure Service had orders to take control of the clock tower for use as a helicopter evacuation point. The UBCS was successful in the hours after arrival on 26 September, though the number of injured personnel and refugees made it appear more of an aid station. Over the next few days, the irregular mutants took control of the building once more, and by 28 September is had been taken over by Giant Spiders. Later that night, the building was explored by Cpl. Carlos Oliveira and S.T.A.R.S. officer Jill Valentine, who had heard of the evac site. Though they were successful in alerting the helicopter, it was destroyed by the Nemesis-T Type and crashed into the tower. The remains of the clock tower were destroyed on the morning of 1 October when the city was hit by a thermobaric bomb.
Prior to the outbreak, this ornate gothic clock tower was a popular tourist attraction featuring in postcards of the city. The base of the tower was lavishly furnished and presumably occupied at one point, as it included a small chapel, library, living room and a bedroom besides the more functional mechanical rooms in the tower itself. The tower was secured with several locks and puzzles featuring a timekeeping theme.
The clocktower consisted of thirteen rooms: