Mellon Square, Downtown Pittsburgh's first green space and the centerpiece of a 1955 renaissance effort, is undergoing an $8 million restoration as part of what Mayor Luke Ravenstahl called "our third renaissance."
Phase one of the project was marked with a ceremony Monday on the 1.3-acre park bounded by Smithfield and Oliver streets, Sixth Avenue and William Penn Place.
Mellon Square is the oldest surviving park and parking garage combination in the nation. It was named a National Historic Place in 1985. It was built in 1955, when the state was still assembling parcels to establish Point State Park, which was completed in 1974. Read full article