‘Abandon it’ | Pittsburgh Put up Gazette

RIhart K. Mellon, the heir to Mellon Bank’s property and President and Chairman of Mellon Bank, played an extraordinary role in revitalizing points.

In a wooden board room at the Duquesne Club, Melon gathered city leaders to discuss cleaning and rebuilding the city. These 1943 conferences included employers, philanthropists, and culture. Organized an Allegheny conference consisting of institutions and financial resources.

Dateless photo of the Allegheny Conference Executive Committee on Community Development at the Duquene Club in Pittsburgh: From left, Edward J. Hanley, Vice President of the Conference and President of Allegheny Ladrum Steel. Edward J. McGee, Executive Director. Leon Falk Jr., businessman. John T. Ryan Jr., Chair of the Conference and President of Mine Safety Appliances. Karl B. Janssen, Chairman of the Conference and Chairman of the Board, Drabo. Gwilym A. Price, Vice President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Westinghouse Electric Conference. Leslie B. Worsington, President of US Steel. John A. Mayer, Vice President of the Conference and President of Melon National Bank and Trust. Standing, from left: John J. Grove, assistant director of the conference. Frank L. Magee, Chairman, Executive Committee, Alcoa. Edward R. Wadeline, former chairman of the conference and former president of the Melon Institute. George A. Shoemaker, President of Consolidation Call. J. Stanley Parnell, Assistant President, T. Melon and Sons. William H. Rhea, President of Oliver Tyrone. President of David G. Hill, Pittsburgh Plate Glass. Henry L. Hillman, President of Pittsburgh Coke and Chemicals. Arthur B. Van Buskirk, Former Chairman of the Conference, Vice Chairman and Governor of T. Mellon and Sons. AW Schmidt, former chair of the conference and president of the AW Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust. James M. Bovard, Secretary of the Conference and Director of the Carnegie Institute. Theodore L. Hazlet Jr., lawyer. And Patrick J. Adams, Assistant Director of the conference. (Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center)


“We were always faced with the fact that the ends of the two bridges were approaching a height of 30 feet,” says Griswold. “There was no park area to design, just a small mountain and waterside across the bridge. How did people confront it? Who wants to do it?”

Mayor David L. Lawrence promoted the “Team Up for Cleaning” program in 1947. (Heinz History Center, Detre Library & Archives)

With permission from Melon, they created two plans. One moved the bridge and the other did not. In a plan finalized in October 1945, the architect revealed that it was a compromise other than moving the bridge and that it “looks like that forever.”

They communicated the plan to Governor Edward Martin and feared he would refuse or choose a cheaper option. Instead, the Republican Governor said: which is good? “When they answered, he set aside plans to leave the bridge intact and said,’I don’t want to see it.’ Martin has announced that his administration will fund the project.

Democrat David L. Lawrence won the 1944 mayoral election by only 12,790 votes. He could have taken a stand against Republican-backed point plans. Instead, he embraced them and began a long collaboration to transform Pittsburgh.

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