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Martin Tower

Martin Tower

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1170 8th Ave Bethlehem PA United States 18018


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Martin Tower is a 21-story, 101.2m skyscraper at 1170 8th Avenue in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It is the tallest building in the city, and the greater Lehigh Valley, and 8ft taller than the PPL Building in Allentown.Martin Tower was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 28, 2010.HistoryStarted in 1969, the framework of the Tower was completed in a short time, but there were insufficient funds to complete the elaborate building and the skeleton of Martin Tower dominated the western horizon of Bethlehem for 2 years before work was resumed. The building was completed and opened in 1972. Bethlehem Steel spared no expense in creating their new skyscraper headquarters. The skyscraper was named after then-Bethlehem Steel chairman Edmund F. Martin.In 1972, Martin Tower became the new headquarters for Bethlehem Steel. The building was constructed in the shape of a cross (or plus-sign shape) rather than a more conventional square in order to create more corner and window offices. The original offices were designed by decorators from New York and included wooden furniture, doorknobs with the company logo, and handwoven carpets. The building was a testament to the economic heights the Lehigh Valley reached in the 1970s before the large economic turndown caused by the decline of the steel industry. The building was a symbol of Bethlehem Steel's power, money and dominance in the steel industry and an excellent statement of their company. The building has 21 floors and each floor was a different department of the company. When Martin Tower was opened, Bethlehem Steel was the second largest steel producer in the world and the 14th largest industrial corporation in America. In 1973, the first full year the Tower was occupied, Bethlehem Steel set a company record, producing 22.3 million tons of raw steel and shipping 16.3 million tons of finished steel. It made a $207 million profit that year, and exceeded that the following year.


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