HOOVER MASON TRESTLE AT STEELSTACKS Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Best of the Best Project, ENR National
Citation of Merit, AIA Pennsylvania
Merit Award, AIA Philadelphia
Architizer A+ Award Finalist
Mid-Atlantic CMAA Project of the Year Award
ULI Philadelphia Willard G. Rouse III Award for Excellence
The Bethlehem Steel plant was a powerful symbol of America’s manufacturing leadership in the Industrial Revolution. From its completion in 1912 the elevated rail named the Hoover-Mason Trestle [HMT] functioned effectively and consistently, and still stands prominently as a reminder of its industrial magnificence. The newly repurposed HMT creates dynamic interactions from the circulation vertical elements to the horizontal walk across. The intervention occurs at a datum above the existing tracks, creating an archeological experience over the artifact below that pays homage to the site by treading lightly over the historic structure, while also providing a unique and new pedestrian experience. This unique relationship offers visitors a revealing and interpretive understanding of the site and design. The HMT serves to enhance the community of Bethlehem, PA by preserving the history and integrity of this magnificent site, and allowing everyone the opportunity to once again stand at the foot of the majestic and iconic Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces.