Originally published by Buffalo Business First, “Group fights to save Lackawanna landmark,” 2012 11 19.
Residents and supporters have re-ignited the battle to save the historic Bethlehem Steel Administration Building from demolition.
Even though it has been decades since Bethlehem Steel shutdown in Lackawanna, leaving the building vacant, many believe the structure still has potential.
The building has been standing since the early 20th century. It carries the history of Buffalo’s glory days — when so many middle class Americans worked in the steel industry.
Now there is talk of bringing the building down.
Joe Peluso, whose father worked at Bethlehem Steel for decades said, “I don’t see the need to tear it down. It’s a national landmark, it’s part of our history here in Buffalo.”
An Erie County Court has put off demolition for at least a little longer. Meanwhile dozens are coming together, hoping to save the building once and for all.
The building has been abandoned since the 1980’s. It is now stained with graffiti, mold and broken glass.
Dana Saylor, who organized Sunday’s rally, has collected about 400 signatures in a petition drive to keep the structure standing.