Sather Tower

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Sather Tower
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Sather Tower, from California Memorial Stadium, at sunset
LocationBerkeley, California
Coordinates37°52′19″N 122°15′28″W / 37.87194°N 122.25778°W / 37.87194; -122.25778Coordinates: 37°52′19″N 122°15′28″W / 37.87194°N 122.25778°W / 37.87194; -122.25778
Built1914
ArchitectJohn Galen Howard
Architectural styleGothic Revival
MPSBerkeley, University of California MRA
NRHP reference No.82004650[1]
BERKL No.158
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMarch 25, 1982
Designated BERKLFebruary 25, 1991[2]

Sather Tower is a bell tower with clocks on its four faces on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. It is more commonly known as The Campanile (/ˌkæmpəˈnli, -l/ KAMP-ə-NEE-lee, -⁠lay, also US: /ˌkɑːm-/ KAHMP-) for its resemblance to the Campanile di San Marco in Venice. It is a recognizable symbol of the university.

Given by Jane K. Sather in memory of her husband, banker Peder Sather, it is the third-tallest bell-and-clock-tower in the world. Its current 61-bell carillon, built around a nucleus of 12 bells also given by Jane Sather, can be heard for many miles and supports an extensive program of education in campanology.

Sather Tower also houses many of the Department of Integrative Biology's fossils (mainly from the La Brea Tar Pits) because its cool, dry interior is suited for their preservation.[3]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 15, 2006.
  2. ^ "Berkeley Landmarks". Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
  3. ^ "Geological Tour of UC – Berkeley: Sather Tower (the Campanile), in fog". Seismo.berkeley.edu. Retrieved May 14, 2015.

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