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:: UrbEx Series Bethlehem Steel Office part 2 ::

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Yesterday we took a look at the 1st installment of my most recent UrbEx expedition at Bethlehem Steel Office. This large office building, and the entirety of Pier 70/Potrero yard complex was sold to the city for $1 on November 1st, 1982. Today BAE systems runs the shipyard with anywhere near 175 union workers on any average day.

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February 5, 2008 at 4:25 am

:: UrbEx Series Bethlehem Steel Office part 1 ::

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(thanks Plug1 on this foto)

Over the weekend we took a bigger leap and put another notch into our belt under the category of Urban Exploring — this time taking an inside peek at the historical Pier 70 office for once prominent Bethlehem Steel Corp. During her heyday the company itself had nearly 300,000 workers; this office building, in once bustling Dogpatch, employed roughly 10,000 workers who helped crank out 72 ships during WWII alone (the company in its entirety was responsible for over 1000 ships across 15 shipyards). That said, Bethlehem Steel, founded in 1857, was once one of the largest shipbuilding companies in the world. Other major projects that the company helped complete include NYC’s Rockefeller Center, Madison Square Garden, and Golden Gate Bridge.

Nevertheless, this building has sat vacant since the 1989 earthquake, still showing off its classic 4 story Beaux Arts structure that features Doric pilasters and a grand marble foyer; it’s dark, tagged, trashed, long and vast inside.

Take a look.

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February 4, 2008 at 3:50 am

:: UrbEx : Pier 70 : Warehouse 6 ::

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For this installment berDerp brings to you another UrbEx series.. thanks to my boy plug1, we tracked over to Pier 70 on Sunday.. and I got some niftY fotos for you today..

Warehouse no 6 was built in 1941 and sits on the 60 acre area known as Pier 70. A nice aerial image of the entire area can be found here. Warehouse # 6 is known at the “Light Warehouse”, and is over 500′ in length. Originally this building was the storage location of pieces that were used to outfit a ship once it was floated into one of the web basins.

Ships started being constructed in the Potrero Point and Mission Bay area as far back as the Gold Rush. Now several buildings are vacant, but there is still an active dry dock on the grounds.

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January 15, 2008 at 2:11 am

:: UrbEx Series : Chapter 1: Tuna Cannery ::

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This particular factory was closed down in 1963 after two botulism related deaths induced a nation-wide scare on tuna. Its shell has been sitting in this Bay Area location now ever since.

[note: today will just focus on the building. tomorrow, the graffiti inside]

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November 6, 2007 at 8:15 am