Cal Campanile reopens after downtime for repairs

The Campanile "dressed" for the Big Game. Photo: The Real Michael Moore

UC Berkeley’s Campanile has reopened for visitors after a two-month closure for repairs.

Work was needed at the top of the tower, above the carillon, and was focused on the steel plates that align the steel frame that holds the carillon’s bells, according to Christine Shaff of UC Berkeley’s Facilities Services. Water had weakened bolts holding the five-pound plates. Appropriate repairs were made as a safety precaution, she said.

The Campanile, or Sather Tower to use its official name, was completed in 1914 and is perhaps Cal’s most famous symbol. Visible for miles, it is 307 feet tall and is the third tallest bell and clock-tower in the world. The observation platform, located 200 feet up, provides visitors with a spectacular view of of the campus and the Bay Area. It is reachable via an elevator and then some stairs. 

The tower reopened on October 28th. Visiting hours are 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturdays. On Sundays the tower is open from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 4:45 p.m. For more information, see the Campanile website.