|Mellon Square opening ceremony|
October 18, 1955
|Working on the Cascade Fountain at the |
corner of Wood and Oliver
With the PPC guiding the project, the Mellon Square makeover will cover a lot of ground. In fact, just about every square inch of our sister square will receive some extra special TLC over the next months. In fact, works crews have been on the job since the dog days of last summer, cleaning and repairing the stairways from Smithfield Street, waterproofing the terraces that over hang the shops below and enjoying a great bird's-eye view of some exciting chase scenes from this summer's sure-bet big-screen blockbuster "The Dark Knight Rises."
|Before square one: Parking lots and shops occupied |
the spot that became Mellon Square. Courtesy
the Heinz History Center.
While Market Square's been part of the Pittsburgh scene since the city's earliest pioneer days, Mellon Square is a more recent chip off the old ’Burgh block. When it opened in 1955, Mellon Square was a crowning jewel of the city's famed first Renaissance, which helped Pittsburgh blow away its "Smokey City" image. Replacing a crowded block of shops and surface parking lots, Mellon Square earned a place in urban planning as the first green space built on top of an underground parking garage. Since then, generations of Pittsburghers over the past half-century have flocked to the park for a moment of solitude during the day or to relax with co-workers during lunch.
|The City Green: Robert Bowden captures the|
beauty of the renovated Mellon Square
in his watercolor rendition.
So don't forget to take a few steps toward Mellon Square when you're out on the town. You'll enjoy an amazing work in progress.