Mellon Square: Discovering a Modern Masterpiece

Mellon Square: Discovering a Modern Masterpiece

The second volume in the award-winning Modern Landscapes: Transition and Transformation series, co-produced by Princeton Architectural Press and TCLF, Mellon Square: Discovering a Modern Masterpiece examines the evolution of Pittsburgh's first modern garden plaza. Completed in 1955 from a design by the acclaimed landscape design firm Simonds & Simonds and architects Mitchell & Ritchey, Mellon Square functioned as an urban oasis that provided downtown office workers a much-needed respite from the city's infamous smoke pollution. Now, more than six decades later, Mellon Square is undergoing a major restoration by Patricia O'Donnell of Heritage Landscapes that aims to restore this urban garden and help revitalize downtown Pittsburgh. Featuring new photography and archival material, Mellon Square is the only book to showcase the development of this iconic urban landscape.


Written by Susan M. Rademacher with a foreword by Charles A. Birnbaum; essays by Richard C. Bell and Patricia O'Donnell; and an epilogue by Barry W. Starke.


Princeton Architectural Press, 2014

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