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Homer Research Laboratories (Mountaintop Campus)

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Mountaintop Campus
1961, Voorhees, Walker, Smith, Smith and Haines. Research and ATLSS drs.

Lehigh acquired this cluster of research laboratories perched atop South Mountain from Bethlehem Steel. Sited amid 75 sylvan acres, the Homer Laboratories contained 475,000 square feet and cost $35 million. Fitted at regular intervals with thick steel “explosion shields,” they inspired one local newspaper to compare them to “fortifications built along Maginot Line specifications.” But although they are pragmatic, unornamented structures, the labs are also well proportioned and handsomely detailed, showing the hand of Voorhees, Walker, Smith, Smith and Haines, successors to the architects of the incomparable New York Telephone Building in lower Manhattan. Most impressive of the laboratories is Iacocca Hall (Building A) at 111 Research Drive, a sleek tower of blue glass walls that suggests a rectangular crystal with chamfered corners.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Homer Research Laboratories (Mountaintop Campus)", [Bethlehem, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 288-288.

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