Originally published by Buffalo Spree, “Help save the Bethlehem Steel Administration Bldg.” by Danielle Wayne, 2012 11 14.
As Spree explained in a Preservation Ready column in September 2011, the Bethlehem Steel North Administration Building in Lackawanna has long been precariously close to demolition: “In the six months that Spree has been publishing this series on endangered buildings, no property has been as close to demolition as the old Lackawanna Steel Company main office. And few other buildings are as closely bound to Buffalo’s economic history.”
That was 2011, and recently, a court order was issued for its demolition. But the Lackawanna Industrial Heritage Group is hoping to change that. The group has formed a petition to stop the demolition, instead calling for restoration. You can sign the petition here.
The Beaux Arts style building designed by Lancing Holden opened in 1901 and served as offices, a police station, and more in its lifetime. The LIHG calls it “fundamental to Lackawanna, Buffalo, and WNY’s urban fabric and its future, especially with all of the waterfront development that extends down to the Union Ship Canal.” But with its future in doubt, support now is more vital than ever before.
See for yourself this Sunday, November 18, at 2 p.m., when Friends of the Administration Building present I’m Steel Standing, a celebration of the building, its architecture, and its history. The event will include:
Historic tours (exterior)
Interviews with former employees and relatives
Historic pictures and Re-use ideas
Draw, paint, or photograph an image of the building!
Petition drive to save the building
Food and drink
It all takes place at 1966 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Lackawanna. There is limited parking, so consider biking there, or parking in nearby lots across the canal, and walking over.