|Image: Schenley Plaza (foreground) circa 1920s|
Between 1923 and 1949, Schenley Plaza was "a formal entrance plaza" to Schenley Plaza, one of four regional parks in Pittsburgh. The landscape was designed by James Greenleaf. By 1949, the plaza was converted to a parking lot to accommodate Pirates fans as well as the "expanding universities, businesses, and healthcare community" in the Oakland neighborhood. I first saw the plaza in 2007, one year after the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy has transformed the existing parking lot back into a park.
|Image: Schenley Plaza with parking (date unknown)|
|Image: Schenley Plaza, central lawn, 2007|
Did you miss the first two "Before & After Green" profiles? Read about the East River Stormwater Vegetative Control here and Halcyon Commons in Berkeley, CA here.
Note: The content of this post is slightly modified from one about transforming parking lots to parks and permeable spaces published on February 12, 2009.