SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A major fundraising campaign to fix the Springfield Campanile will be announced on Friday.
In 2010 and 2011, it was estimated that the 100 year old clock tower would cost around $13 million to fix. The actual cost has gone up after another architectural review and will also be released on Friday.
The city has been hoping to secure a federal grant to repair the Campanile, but hasn’t had any luck. The fundraisers are hoping to raise all the money through private donations.
The Campanile was once open to tourists, but has been closed for decades due to its deteriorating condition. Its bells, which once chimed regularly, are now silent, its clock does not keep time, and the corners of the tower are covered in a mesh material to prevent debris from falling to the ground.
The 300 foot-tall clock tower is at the center of the Springfield Municipal Group on Court Street, which includes City Hall and Symphony Hall. It was the tallest building in Springfield from its opening in 1913 until the early 1970s, when Baystate West (now TowerSquare) was finished.