Landmark: Erie's Bicentennial Tower

August 19th,2023 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Professor/Instructor/Speaker: Lou Richards,  M.A.

Landmark: Erie's Bicentennial Tower

Erie's iconic Bicentennial Tower almost did not happen. But the tower project's backers, planners, architects, engineers, construction workers, and others overcame hurdles – in record time – to erect what now stands as a symbol of pride and possibility for a true gem of a city. Watch this documentary film at Celebrate Erie and meet the director and producer Lou Richards for a discussion.


This free program is in partnership with Celebrate Erie.


Location: Erie City Hall, Bagnoni Council Chambers, 626 State Street, Erie PA 16501

Date/Time: Saturday, August 19, 4 to 5:00 p.m.

Admission: FREE

Public Parking: Erie Parking Authority, 7th & Peach Garage, other ramps, or street parking

Lou Richards,  M.A.

Patrick (Lou) Richards, M.A., is the owner of L.R. Production, a studio dedicated to making important documentary films about Erie’s rich history. He produced and directed the recent documentary Landmark: Erie’s Bicentennial Tower that is appearing in WQLN PBS’s series “Iconic America: Our Symbols and Stories with David Rubenstein”. He has been an award-winning Television Producer and Director for almost 50 years. In the 70s and 80s, Lou worked for WQLN-TV and WICU-TV as Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Videographer, and Lighting Director. Lou taught Video Studies at Allegheny College and has a master’s degree from Penn State University.