Bicentennial Tower

Erie-Western PA Port Authority

Bicentennial Tower
Bicentennial Tower
Bicentennial Tower

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As Erie approached its Bicentennial anniversary the industrial oriented Bayfront needed revitalization, towards a recreational and tourist attraction. The Erie Western Pennsylvania Port Authority challenged Weber Murphy Fox to develop a master plan that respected the past but welcomed the City’s future. The aspiration was to provide a solution that would recognize the importance of this site as both a “gateway” to the city from water and a strong terminus to the center of the city.


Weber Murphy Fox prepared several development schemes for Dobbins Landing. Intensive programming called for enhancement of existing uses including public pedestrian access, maritime usages, festivals, fairs and various summer and winter activities. This project was selected as the City’s Bicentennial gift in 1995. The new observation tower with support building for concessions, tower access, public toilets and an existing elevated floor structure that serves, as an expanded pedestrian space has become a new landmark for the entire Erie community. The 187-foot tower provides panoramic views of the City and Lake Erie over Presque Isle Bay and State Park


The Bicentennial Tower is Erie’s iconic landmark. It offers great views of the city, Lake Erie and Presque Isle State Park. Trip Advisor rates it 4.6 out of 5, earning the Tower a “Certificate of Excellence”.

  • Planning
  • Cost Estimating
  • Architecture
  • Feasibility Study
  • Concept Development
  • Schedule Development