Celebrating 100 years of the ISU Campanile

History of the Campanile
History of the Bells
Glossary of terms
Inaugural Program
"Bells of Iowa State"
Images of the Campanile


Iowa State's Campanile

Images of the Campanile

If you would like assistance locating additional images of the Campanile, please contact the Special Collections Department by calling 515-294-6672.


Installation of the bells

Tenor bell (first to be placed)
August 19, 1929


The 2nd (D) bell comes down
July 19, 1929
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View from campanile
July 26, 1929

In the background: Botany Hall (now Catt Hall), center

The old bells are all out but the debris & some of the wooden framework are apparent.


View from campanile

Taken from the northeast corner.  Memorial Union in the distance.

Bell rising in the tower
August 19, 1929

Air pressure was booted to 95#, but twice on the way up it was necessary to wait for the pressure to rebuild.

In the distance, Botany Hall (now Catt Hall)


Installing the bells
August 19, 1929

Easing the package off the hoist outs an intermediate platform with a differential hoist and rollers.

The tenor bell
August 19, 1929

This load with several men was rocked up and down to test the hoist.

The hoist shaft

The carriage is six square feet; the shaft is of 4x4s braced with 2x6s; 8 foot sections; 96-100 feet high.


History of the Campanile  |  History of the Bells   |  Glossary of Terms
Inaugural Program   |  "Bells of Iowa State"  |  Images of the Campanile  
Edgar W. & Margaret MacDonald Stanton Memorial Carillon (ISU Music Dept.) 
Special Collections Department (ISU Library)

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Iowa State University Library, Ames, IA 50011
Revised: 14 March 2000.