Architecture Around Us: Set in Stone: Ralph Griswold’s Enduring Contributions to Riverview and Highland Parks


Urban parks are green oases set aside to provide natural respites from the built-up neighborhoods around us. They are also intricately designed landscapes, and many contain structures and other built elements to optimize them for human use. During the Great Depression, Pittsburgh Superintendent of Parks Ralph E. Griswold designed enduring and beautiful stone walls, stairs, shelters, and landscapes that continue to enhance the public’s experience of Pittsburgh’s city parks.

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