Dobbin’s Landing Observation Tower was designed to celebrate the City of Erie, Pennsylvania’s 200th birthday, and has without a doubt– has become the symbol of the city.
Built on the end on the City’s main public pier, the tower extends over 200 feet high to the enclosed observation deck. A visitors center at the base of the tower contains a concession area, souvenir shop, restrooms and elevator access to the observation deck. The large glass enclosed observation provides dramatic 360 degree views to Canada and back over the City.
Built on large concrete caisson foundations, sunk deep into the Bay, the design was extensively computer modeled to determine sight lines over Presque Isle Peninsula.
Approximately 10,000 commemorative engraved bricks line the pier and provide a sense of ownership to the city’s residents, making the tower the “first stop” to take their visiting out-of-town guests.