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Mellon Square

Discovering a Modern Masterpiece

Susan Rademacher

$29.95

     6 × 9 in (15.2 × 22.9 cm)
Paperback
144 pages
100 b/w illustrations
Imprint: PAPress
Publication date: 11/18/2014
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616891336


The second volume in our Modern Landscapes series 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.
  • Mellon Square was a precursor to the modern green roof and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Appeals to architects, landscape designers, urban planners, and urban historians
  • Provides an evolutionary tale of the lifecycle of a park, including development and renewal processes
  • Includes a foreword by series editor Charles Birnbaum, president of the Cultural Landscape Foundation; essays by Richard C. Bell and Patricia O Donnell; and an epilogue by Barry W. Starke

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