Shafer Tower

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Shafer Tower
Shafer Tower
General information
Type Campanile
Architectural style Modern
Location Center of McKinley Avenue, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Coordinates 40°12′14″N 85°24′29″W / 40.20380783°N 85.40800476°W / 40.20380783; -85.40800476Coordinates: 40°12′14″N 85°24′29″W / 40.20380783°N 85.40800476°W / 40.20380783; -85.40800476
Named for Phyllis and Hamer Shafer
Completed 2001
Other dimensions 48 bells in the carillon
Design and construction
Architect Edmund Hafer Associates
Shafer Tower Website

Shafer Tower is a 150-foot-tall (46 m) free-standing bell tower, or campanile with a carillon and chiming clock in the middle of the campus of Ball State University.

Dedicated in 2002, Shafer Tower has become an unofficial landmark of Ball State University. It stands in the median of McKinley Avenue on University Green, the northern quadrangle of campus.

A narrow staircase in the tower leads to the 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 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Due to a construction defect in the type of cement used to build the tower, most of Shafer Tower had to be built twice.[1] The architect of record was Edmund Hafer Associates of Evansville, Indiana.[2]


  1. ^ "Shafer Tower remains on schedule". The Ball State Daily News. Retrieved 2007-06-23. 
  2. ^ "Shafer Tower Progress Report" (PDF). College of Architecture and Planning. Retrieved 2007-01-07. 

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