Petition Closed
Petitioning City of Lackawanna, N.Y. Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski

Revoke court order to demolish the Beth. Steel Administration Building.


The Bethlehem Steel North Administration Building is a unique and historic Beaux-Arts structure designed by Lansing Holden in 1901. Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, it was built by Lackawanna Steel (later Bethlehem Steel) as a symbol of the wealth and taste of company leaders. It served as offices, the police station, infirmary, chemistry lab, and more during its lifetime. This building should remain an element of our waterfront economic development plan, repurposed for generations to come, and therefore should not be demolished. There are many ways to adaptively re-use the structure, and the building was declared structurally sound by the State Historic Preservation office this summer. It is out of the way of residential neighborhoods, fenced off and posted with “No Trespassing” signs; it is not a danger to the citizens of Lackawanna.

Letter to
City of Lackawanna, N.Y. Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski
Mayor Szymanski,

We respectfully request that you revoke the County Court order to demolish the Bethlehem Steel North Administration Building.

It is a unique and historic Beaux-Arts structure designed by Lansing Holden in 1901. Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, it was built by Lackawanna Steel (later Bethlehem Steel) as a symbol of the wealth and taste of company leaders. It served as offices, the police station, infirmary, chemistry lab, and more during its lifetime. This building should remain an element of our waterfront economic development plan, repurposed for generations to come, and therefore should not be demolished. There are many ways to adaptively re-use the structure, and the building was declared structurally sound by the State Historic Preservation office this summer. It is out of the way of residential neighborhoods, fenced off and posted with “No Trespassing” signs; it is not a danger to the citizens of Lackawanna.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.