Beams From Demolished Martin Tower Find New Purpose At Museum

Written by on February 17, 2020

Beams From Demolished Martin Tower Find New Purpose At Museum

By K.C. Lopez

February 17, 2020

Photo | K.C. Lopez / WLVR

Bethlehem, PA- Bethlehem’s Martin Tower is gone, but some of its skeleton is getting a new home this spring. 

As WLVR’s K.C. Lopez reports, steel beams from the Lehigh Valley’s former tallest building are being repurposed — for a memorial park at the National Museum of Industrial History.

Once the structure came down, museum staff knew they wanted to keep up with preserving pieces of the well-known Bethlehem Steel office. 

Historian Mike Piersa says, the salvaged I and H beams not only kept the 21 story building upright and sturdy, they also supported the world’s most iconic skyline.

“About 80% of Manhattan’s skyline as of WWII would have collapsed if it weren’t for the Bethlehem beams that were used to build it. So here you’ll be able to come down, sit on it, actually feel the steel. Being able to physically touch the history is very meaningful, says Piersa

Once complete, family of former steelworkers will have the opportunity to dedicate benches in their name. 

Staff plans to break ground on the park this spring.   

Watch K.C. Lopez’s full PBS39 News Tonight Report.


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