Bethlehem Steel Martin Tower
Structure in General
- Martin Tower was built as the headquarters of Bethlehem Steel Corporation and as a symbol of its postition as the second largest steel producer in the United States.
- It was named for then-chairman Edmund F. Martin.
- Eight feet taller than PPL Corporation’s headquarters in neighboring Allentown, it is the tallest building in the Lehigh Valley.
- The crucifix form allowed a greater number of corner offices.
- Bethlehem Steel's fortunes declined rapidly through the 1970's; by 1995 production of steel in Bethlehem had ceased.
- Bethlehem Steel was bought by International Steel of Ohio in 2003, which was in turn bought by Ispat International, a Dutch conglomerate, in late 2004.
- Freedman & Co. Real Estate of New Jersey agreed to buy the building in early 2004, but the deal fell through in May of that year.
- In early 2007, a local group of developers was proposing to convert the tower and surrounding property into residential condominiums.
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