Mellon Square

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.

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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