National Register of Historic Places in Alameda County
Sather Tower, designed by John Galen Howard, is the prime symbol of the Berkeley campus.
It is a seven-story steel-frame shaft sheathed in granite with a slit window at each floor and a clock at the top. The observation loggia above has a Classically detailed balustrade and three open arches. A Classic entablature supports another balustrade with four corner posts having pyramidal obelisks capped with bronze flames. Within is a smaller tower element which terminates in a bronze, spiked lantern.
The tower was built with a gift from Jane K. Sather as a memorial to herself. It was nicknamed The Campanile for its resemblance to St. Mark's Campanile in Venice of which it is a free version.
The chimes were cast by John Taylor & Sons, Loughborough, England. Their delivery was delayed by World War I. They were first played on November 2, 1917 and dedicated on Charter Day, 1918.
Adapted from the NRHP nomination.