Overview - Hayden Tower at the Markle

Hayden Tower at the Markle in Hazleton, PA, offers state-of-the-art, modern, Class A office space.In the heart of Downtown Hazleton, at Broad and Wyoming streets, stands a grand reminder of the city’s past as well as an icon of its future.

That structure is today called the Hayden Tower at the Markle.

Constructed as the Markle Banking & Trust Company Building, the building marked its 100th anniversary in 2010.

It is home to many commercial, retail and professional offices...

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A storied history

markleconstruction1911The 11-story building was constructed in 1910 and named for the Markle family, well-known in the Hazleton area for mining and financial activities. The structure featured concrete, steel and other metal material and was, at the time, the only building in the state that used no lumber in its construction. A six-story addition was built in 1923 and additional renovations took place in 1928.

The Markle building was the first high-rise office building in Hazleton, featuring many professional offices as well as the bank and a restaurant on the top floor. It also served as Penn State Hazleton’s first site, housing several classrooms in its upper stories.

The building was home to 43 firms as late as 1994. It was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. In 1998, safety concerns prompted the closure of the building.

Saving history

ribboncutAs the building sat empty, condemned and continuing to fall into disrepair, local businessman George F. Hayden stepped in. He formed the Hazleton Development Company in 2001 and purchased the Markle building with the help of assistance from the city and the state through Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta and then-Governor Tom Ridge.

When Hayden purchased the building, it was in disrepair and had sustained water damage throughout the interior. Extensive and costly renovations were required and took more than three years to complete.

Hayden assembled a team of experts to undertake the renovations, which began with asbestos removal and solving the issues that had caused the water damage. The team of architects, engineers and contractors also had to take measurements of the entire building in order to create architectural drawings of the building, as none existed. Further renovations included electrical and telecommunications upgrades; a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system; new plumbing; a sprinkler system; brick repointing and new windows. An additional staircase was constructed at the back of the building to follow state regulations that required a second means of exit.

Interior renovations were performed floor by floor so that space on each floor could be rented as work was completed. The building officially reopened in 2004 with three tenants on the third floor as work continued on other floors.

What’s inside

today-1Today, Hayden Tower at the Markle Building is home to a variety of businesses taking advantage of the structure’s Class A office space. Some of them include financial firms, medical and social services offices, travel agencies and other professional offices. One of the tenants is an accounting firm that got its start in the Markle years ago. The roof is even in use with cellular towers atop the structure.

The building’s modern upgrades have incorporated many of its historic architectural details, including the original slate staircase and brass mail chute. Additionally, office space can be tailored and customized interiors created to fit each tenant’s needs.

Since his purchase of the Markle building, Hayden had envisioned a grand restaurant in the former bank space. Mea’s restaurant now occupies that space on the first floor as well as a mezzanine level. The restaurant’s ornate art deco ceilings were carefully restored by a skilled artisan. The former bank vault, with its door open for all to see, now serves as a wine cellar for the restaurant.


george-florence-haydenAs tenants began to fill the Hayden Tower at the Markle building, Hayden began to consider parking needs as well as additional downtown revitalization. In 2005, Hayden’s parents, George J. and Florence Hayden, purchased six dilapidated properties along Broad Street adjacent to the Hayden Tower. Citiscape, designed with a sandstone façade to match the Hayden Tower, was constructed in 2006. The building is now home to the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, among other tenants.

The addition of Citiscape provided a grand lobby and additional parking for the Hayden Tower at the Markle. Together, the two buildings display a cohesive approach to downtown redevelopment.

With its intriguing blend of historical and modern attributes, the Hayden Tower at the Markle Building is now poised to enter its second century.