Location: SteelStacks Arts Campus
645 E. First Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks is a powerful symbol for Bethlehem’s rebirth as a music and cultural destination. Located at the base of the awe-inspiring Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces, Levitt SteelStacks celebrates America’s history of innovation both past and present, and provides the community with a welcoming public space that was once one of the nation’s largest brownfields.
At its height, Bethlehem Steel was the country’s second largest steel producer employing 30,000 workers. When the company ceased operations and filed for bankruptcy in the early 2000s, the result did more than decimate the region’s economy. The vast acreage became a notorious “brownfield”—an unused, toxic site of a former industrial or commercial facility.
In an effort to reduce the negative impact in the surrounding Lehigh Valley, as well as breathe new life into the depressed south side of Bethlehem, local stakeholders came together to designate the space for reuse as a new arts and cultural campus.
The focal point of the redevelopment is Levitt SteelStacks, a glistening, cantilevered steel bandshell that pays homage to its industrial backdrop. The celebrated design has won multiple design awards. Since its opening, Levitt SteelStacks has become a magnet for the entire Lehigh Valley, and the south side of Bethlehem has experienced a renaissance as new businesses and restaurants open their doors.
Performers at Levitt SteelStacks have included renowned artists like Ambrosia, John Lee Hooker, Jr., Jump City Jazz Orchestra, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Mambo Kaliente, PhillyBloco, and GRAMMY-winning blues singer/pianist Marcia Ball.