Saturday, February 2, 2019

Classic Andy's Angles: Another Farewell

News outlets in the Lehigh Valley report the Martin Tower in Bethlehem could be demolished as soon as March.

I took the photo you see above in July of 2012.  21 stories.  330 feet.  It is the tallest building in the Lehigh Valley.  Martin Tower was the headquarters of Bethlehem Steel, and you know that story.

The building was shaped like a big cross to maximize the number of corner offices.  It's rather simple from the outside.  Yet, it made a strong and bold statement:  steel.

It's not the loss of the building that really bugs me.  Every building has a beginning, middle, and end.  A finite life span.  A shelf life.  A time when it outlives its usefulness.  That time is apparently here.

What really annoys me is Martin Tower is another example of what this country used to be, and it will soon be just a pile of rubble.