Monday afternoon, Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan hosted a press conference at the historic Stock House, the oldest remaining structure on the Bethlehem Steel property. Recently, the City of Bethlehem (with input from the Lehigh Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau and the D&L) earned a $125,000 grant from the White House’s Preserve America Initiative that will pay for design and planning involved with the proposed renovation of the now-dilapidated Civil War-era Stock House.
The City hopes that the refurbished building will serve as a Welcome Center for visitors to the Sands BethWorks casino complex, currently under construction on the eastern portion of the property. The center will interpret the unique industrial history of the region and encourage casino visitors to explore the historical and cultural attractions of the Lehigh Valley.
Callahan noted that the plans generated with these initial funds will suggest the cost of the overall project and provide a timeline for completion.