Nearly a month has gone by since we crawled out of bed at the crack of dawn to secure our spots to bid farewell to Martin Tower. At 7:03 am on May 19th, the Lehigh Valley bid farewell to its tallest building. The former headquarters of Bethlehem Steel was imploded by Controlled Demolition, Inc. It was a textbook demolition, with the 21-story tower falling neatly within its own footprint.
A dusty Eighth Avenue re-opened a few hours after the implosion, and Lehigh Valley residents returned to gaze upon its remains. We made several trips to the site over the past few weeks to photograph the debris and say our farewells.
Life goes on, but getting used to the new landscape is taking some time. Although we watched it fall with our own eyes, there’s still so many times that we’re driving down the road and still expect it to appear in its familiar place as we round a bend or crest a hill. The gap it has left in the skyline looms far larger than the tower itself ever did. The gap that it has left in our hearts looms even larger.
Rest in peace Martin Tower – 1972 – 2019