Landslide2008: Marvels of Modernism

Lake Elizabeth

Allegheny Commons
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Designed by Simonds & Simonds

“All landscape design is an abstract or idealized imitation of nature.”
 - John O. Simonds (June 1967)

Reborn as a part of Pittsburgh’s 1967 urban renewal project, John Ormsbee Simonds’ Lake Elizabeth sits within the city’s oldest mapped parkland, Allegheny Commons, and signifies the place of Modernism on the 200-year-long timeline of that landscape.

Today, a master plan for Allegheny Commons will help renew its signature features, including Lake Elizabeth, which have suffered from neglect and accrued deferred maintenance. Representing a century of landscape design, the master plan aims to reveal and educate the import of design elements from the recent past such as Lake Elizabeth, allowing them to take their place alongside their picturesque ancestors.





List of Marvels

Boston City Hall Plaza
Boston, Massachusetts

Estates Drive Reservoir
Oakland, California

Heritage Plaza
Heritage Park
Fort Worth, Texas

Kaiser Roof Garden
Kaiser Center
Oakland, California

Lake Elizabeth
Allegheny Commons
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Manhattan Square Park
Rochester, New York

Mill Creek Canyon

Kent, Washington

Miller Garden
Columbus, Indiana

El Monte
Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

Pacific Science
Center Courtyard

Seattle, Washington

San Francisco, California

Peavey Plaza
Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, Minnesota

education partners
Garden DesignGeorge Eastman House
Additional Sponsors

American Society of Landscape Architects’ Indiana, Pennsylvania/Delaware, Minnesota, Northern California, Texas, Upstate New York, and Washington Chapters • Astorino • Charles Butt • Design Within Reach • Topher Delaney • Sandy Donnell & Justin Faggioli • Fathom • Tom Fox • Hillman Foundation • Indianapolis Museum of Art • Lorraine Osmundson • Richard T. Murphy • National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Northeast, Southwest, and Western Offices- with funds from the Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation of New York, Dodge Jones Foundation Intervention Fund, and Eastern Massachusetts Preservation Fund • James Richards • Seibert & Rice • Diana & Bruce Shuman • Ann Stack • SWA Group • TBG Partners • Michal and Jeffrey William Tincup • Unilock Inc. • The Woltz Charitable Trust