This morning, at 7:03am, the empty remnants of Martin Tower was imploded. The defunct build was the headquarters for the executives of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation. The 21-storey structure located in Bethlehem PA first opened in 1972, but has sat vacant since the company filed for bankrupcy in 2003.
Bethlehem Steel was a major supplier of ships and armaments to the U.S. military during World War II, and its steel is found in the Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge as well as many other landmarks. What was once a proud symbol of steel’s building power in American cityscapes turned into a reminder of mismanagement and corporate excess (it’s cruciform building shape was designed to maximize the number of corner offices.)