I grew up in Bethlehem, PA, home of The Bethlehem Steel Corporation. Dating back to 1857, it was once the second largest corporation in America to manufacture steel and supplied the materials in both World Wars, to build the Golden Gate bridge, Empire State building and many other iconic structures.
In 2003 the corporation closed its doors for the final time. Many of the plant's remnants have since been turned into music venues, parks, shopping malls and a Casino; an awesome use of the space that had been decaying most of my life. However, one modernist structure still stood tall and mighty, reminding all of how important this city was in industrial steel manufacturing. That building is the 21 story Martin Tower skyscraper, headquarters to the Bethlehem Steel. The building is the tallest in the Lehigh Valley and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
On January 15, 2017, I had the rare opportunity to walk from the basement to the 21st floor and rooftop to see the entirety of the building before they begin removing the interior this month. The fate of the building will be decided thereafter.
(See more information about that here: The Morning Call )
The following photographs are some sights I saw on my adventure inside and on the top!
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