From the time of its construction in 1955, Mellon Square remained the green heart of Downtown Pittsburgh despite a lack of maintenance and deteriorating conditions around the turn of the 21st Century.
The Parks Conservancy completed a comprehensive $10 million restoration of this 1.37-acre park in 2014. The main focus of the project was refurbishing of the Square's signature fountains; reinstallation of dramatic lighting; landscaping the Square with a wide array of plantings; restoring the unique terrazzo paving; and creating 15% more public space with the addition of a terrace over Smithfield Street. To prevent the Square falling back into disrepair, a maintenance fund was established prior to restoration. Mellon Square’s restoration not only delighted its thousands of weekly visitors, but also spurred dramatic economic development in the blocks surrounding its perimeter.
Official Project Credits
Original Design & Construction Team (1955):
Simonds & Simonds, (Landscape Architects)
Mitchell & Ritchey (Architects)
Restoration and New Design Project Team:
Heritage Landscapes LLC (Landscape Architect, Team Lead)
Hilbish McGee (Lighting Design)
Mortar & ink (Graphic Design)
Pfaffman+Associates Architects (Railing and Storefront)
Atlantic Engineering Services (Civil and Structural)
Allen & Shariff (MEP Engineering)
HydroDramatics (Fountain Display)
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh and in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Parking Authority, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, and The Cultural Landscape Foundation