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Revived Steel Town Bandstand Incorporates Defunct Mills

The industrial town of Bethlehem, Penn. is one of America's most famous steel centers, lending its name to what was once the country's second-largest steel producer and largest shipbuilder. But that was way back in the early 20th century. Now that bankrupt firm has been integrated into Indian metals giant Mittal Steel and the plants in Bethlehem have been shuttered. Located between Philadelphia and New York, the town is attempting to revive itself as something other than a one-sided manufacturer. Part of that effort has centered on a new band shell and pavilion designed by Philadelphia-based WRT Architects. Dubbed the Levitt Pavilion, the angular metal structure backs up on the old plant. Architect's Newspaper has more on the emotional process.
· Rebirth in Bethlehem [Arch Paper]