|Location||Center of McKinley Avenue, Ball State University|
|Named for||Phyllis and Hamer Shafer|
|Other dimensions||48 bells in the carillon|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Edmund Hafer Associates|
|Shafer Tower Website|
Despite being dedicated fairly recently in 2002, Shafer Tower has become an unofficial landmark of Ball State University. It is located in the median of McKinley Avenue on University Green, the northern quadrangle of campus.
A narrow staircase in the tower leads to a control room of the carillon, which has 48 custom-made bells. From here a musician can play the instrument on special occasions or for concerts. The bells are programmed by computer to play the Westminster Quarters to announce the time between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Due to a construction defect in the type of cement used to build the tower, most of Shafer Tower literally had to be built twice. The architect of record was Edmund Hafer Associates of Evansville, Indiana.
- Official web site
- Ball State Campus Photographs from Ball State University Libraries Digital Media Repository
- Ball State University Archives Features photographs, blueprints, and other materials related to the construction of the Ball State campus
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