The massive blast furnaces at Bethelehem still remain today, and the plan is to preserve them in an industrial history museum, which will include rennovations to parts of the remaining building on the site. The #2 Machine Shop will house the exhibition part of the museum.
While walking around the Bethelehem Steel site, I am constantly aware of the layers of access that were in place when the plant was in operation, the company was divided in a multitude of shops for the different trades represented, and you weren\’t allowed to visit other areas of the plant unless it was part [...]
#2 Machine Shop, at 1/3 of a mile long, was one of the largest machine shops in the world. Empty as it is now, it has the grandure of an abandoned cathedral, and the quiet and stillness is only broken by the sounds of the wind blowing through this vast room.