Among Pennsylvania’s many “firsts” is Pittsburgh’s Mellon Square. A 1.37-acre modern garden plaza built over a parking garage and a forerunner of green roofs, Mellon Square's significant landscape, designed by the distinguished landscape architecture firm Simonds & Simonds and architects Mitchell & Ritchey, has brought liveliness and beauty to downtown Pittsburgh for almost 60 years. This gem in Pittsburgh's Central Downtown Historic District has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, making the square eligible for individual listing as a resource of national importance.
Mellon Square remains an active space, but shows serious signs of deterioration. In 2009, with funding from the Richard King Mellon Foundation and BNY Mellon, the Parks Conservancy completed the Preservation, Interpretation & Management Plan with a team led by Patricia O’Donnell of Heritage Landscapes. This comprehensive plan will return Mellon Square to its former glory as an integral and positive part of Downtown life; an oasis where workers, shoppers, residents, and visitors can relax and refresh their spirits; a significant asset to economic development efforts; an emblem of the city's commitment to sustainability; and an icon of Pittsburgh's revitalization, right in the heart of the Golden Triangle.
Restoration of Mellon Square is currently underway. To revitalize this key landscape, the Parks Conservancy is leading this preservation, interpretation and management project in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Parking Authority, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, and the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation. Once complete, the City’s Department of Public Works will supply basic maintenance, while the Parks Conservancy will supervise maintenance and management. The Parks Conservancy and the City of Pittsburgh will jointly program the space with concerts and other activities.
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