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Readers React: Architecture fans are saddened by implosion of Martin Tower

The demolition of Martin Tower is a significant marker in Bethlehem’s history. And if you believe good architecture is an asset, as some of us do, it is a disappointment. Martin Tower, designed by Haines Lundberg Waehler (New York), was considered a fine example of international style by the architectural community. It was on the National Register of Historic Places. It was beautifully sited in a landscaped environment, a beautifully conceived object in space, a wonderful example of optimism and hope in modern design. It told a story about Bethlehem and about architecture. It made Bethlehem part of a larger world of intellect and aesthetics, made Bethlehem a cosmopolitan city. It was located in a region with no comparable late 20th century buildings and — if what is being built in the Lehigh Valley now is any guide — what will replace this building will be insipid. For good architecture is expensive, and patrons are now few to none. It is stunning that a community would preserve the rusting hulks of blast furnaces along the Lehigh River, yet oversee the demolition of so unique an asset.William HumphriesLower Mount Bethel TownshipThe Morning Call encourages community dialogue on important issues. Submit a letter to the editor here or email @McallOpinion on Twitter and The Morning Call on Facebook.
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