The finished steel frame, tall and strong. (UC Berkeley photo)

After the celebratory feast, UC President Banjamin Ide Wheeler (in box with cigar) enjoys a ride down in a crane lift box.
(Photo courtesy of The Bancroft Library)

The banquet menu includes a cocktail “à la (John Galen) Howard. (Courtesy of The Bancroft Library)

Jan. 31, 1914: The steel frame’s completion is celebrated with a sky-high feast on the future observation deck, some 200 feet in the air. According to campus lore, UC President Benjamin Ide Wheeler and 40 to 50 guests of honor — primarily construction workers, architects and engineers — climbed ladders to the deck, but after the feast, Wheeler was treated to a ride back down in a crane lift box.

In a speech given a few months prior, Wheeler had said, “Of noble grace, dignity and beauty, precious in material, in mass and height…the Sather campanile is destined to become one of the world’s most famous towers.”

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