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Campanile on the campus of South Dakota State University
|Location||Medary Ave., Brookings, South Dakota|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Built by||Wold and Mark Construction|
|Architect||Perkins & McWayne|
|NRHP Reference #||87000223|
|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.
Its distinctive red lamp at the top is a familiar beacon on a dark prairie night that welcomes travelers from dozens of miles away.
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