Coughlin Campanile

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Coughlin Campanile
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Campanile on the campus of South Dakota State University
Coughlin Campanile is located in South Dakota
Coughlin Campanile
Coughlin Campanile is located in the US
Coughlin Campanile
Location Medary Ave., Brookings, South Dakota
Coordinates 44°18′57″N 96°47′16″W / 44.31583°N 96.78778°W / 44.31583; -96.78778Coordinates: 44°18′57″N 96°47′16″W / 44.31583°N 96.78778°W / 44.31583; -96.78778
Area less than one acre
Built 1929
Built by Wold and Mark Construction
Architect Perkins & McWayne
NRHP Reference # 87000223[1]
Added to NRHP February 26, 1987

The Coughlin Campanile was completed on the campus of South Dakota State University (SDSU) in 1929. At a cost of seventy-five thousand dollars, 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 with 180 steps to the top observation platform open to the public, and is located on Medary Avenue. 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.

In August 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.

For many years the Coughlin Campanile was the tallest structure in South Dakota, and is today an iconic structure both on campus, and across the larger Brookings community.

It was designed by architects Perkins & McWayne.[1]

Its distinctive red lamp at the top is a familiar beacon on a dark prairie night that welcomes travelers from dozens of miles away.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.