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May 2014
Mellon Square Rededication
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Mellon Square, a modern garden plaza and early green roof atop a parking garage, was originally designed by the distinguished landscape architects John O. and Paul Simonds of Simonds & Simonds with architects Mitchel & Ritchey, and opened in 1955.  A part of the 1st Pittsburgh renaissance, it was fitting that the redesign of the modern landscape, envisioned by an interdisciplinary team led by Heritage Landscapes and managed by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, could underpin the 3rd renaissance of this vibrant and evolving city.  The May 2014 rededication of the public space celebrated the restoration and new design of this green island in downtown.  It was great to celebrate this milestone with the team. After the opening, high daily use reveals local and visitor appreciation for this urban refuge.

The initial dedication of Mellon Square in 1955.

The redesign team during the 2014 rededication ceremony.

Today, the restored modern landscape attracts people to the park daily.