The Coughlin Campanile was completed on the campus of South
Dakota State University(SDSU) in 1929. Costing $75,000, it was a
gift to the University from Charles Coughlin, a graduate from
the class of 1909. The Campanile is a chimes tower that rises to
165 feet and is located on Medary Ave. The tower's chimes cover
three octaves and can be "played" manually from an organ in the
nearby Lincoln Music Hall.
The Campanile also
appears in SDSU's business logo and on most letterheads.
August of 2000, as a part of "Visions for the Future" campaign
over 4,000 alumni
and businesses donated a total of $540,000 to
have the Campanile restored.
This restoration included mortar
work and replacement of parts of the limestone base.
years the Coughlin Campanile was the tallest structure in South
Dakota and is
the iconic figure for the campus and the city.
During the summer it chimes and can be
heard across campus. Its
distinctive red lamp at the top is a familiar beacon on a dark
prarie night that welcomes travelers from tens of miles away.