Landslide2008: Marvels of Modernism



Allegheny Commons
Bounded by West North Avenue, Brighton Road, and West Ohio Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212


The Allegheny Commons Master Plan
Pressley Associates, Inc., August 2002.

Designer Bio

John O. Simonds (1913-2005)


Birnbaum, Charles A. with Jane Brown Gillette and Nancy Slade, editors. Preserving Modern Landscape Architecture II: Making Postwar Landscapes Visible. Massachusetts: Spacemaker, 2004.
Simonds, John Ormsbee. Landscape Architecture. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1961.
Simonds and Simonds Landscape Architects, Planners. “Proposed Long Range Development Plan - Allegheny Commons.” 1966.


John Ormsbee Simonds Collection
George A. Smathers Library
University of Florida

Photo © Heather F. Wetzel



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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