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5-7 November 2009

Mellon Square: Preserving, Interpreting & Managing a Modern Icon

Regional Symposium
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Pittsburgh, PA

Mellon Square is nationally significant as a masterwork and as an early Modernist park built over a parking garage in the mid-20th century. Pioneering landscape architects Simonds & Simonds worked in collaboration with architects Mitchell & Ritchey to design this important green gathering space within Pittsburgh’s downtown core. John Ormsbee Simonds, an innovative Pittsburgh landscape architect with bold urban vision, developed the unique and intricate design for the Square, Pittsburgh’s original green roof. By 2009, Mellon Square displayed signs of deterioration, although careful landscape preservation planning, restoration, and stewardship would recapture and ensure the lasting vitality of this important historic landscape. In this talk, Patricia M. O'Donnell discussed Heritage Landscapes' and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy's efforts to research, preserve, interpret, and manage this Modern icon.

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