Pittsburgh’s Tribute to Children (Fred Rogers Memorial), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh native Fred M. Rogers was a beloved childhood icon to legions of fans who grew up singing along to the classic television program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. We worked with the Fred Rogers Company to design and construct a memorial monument that preserves Mister Rogers’ legacy while honoring his contributions to child development. Internationally-renowned sculptor Robert Berks was commissioned to create a larger-than-life bronze sculpture of Fred stooped over, tying his signature athletic shoes. With the sculpture serving as a main focal point, the site + landscape architecture team sited the memorial at the old Manchester Bridge Pier site behind Heinz Field, near where the Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela rivers converge. Surrounded by a circular walkway and framed by a keyhole opening, the memorial is officially dubbed “Tribute to Children” — connecting children, families and the Pittsburgh community while immortalizing Mister Rogers and his remarkable contributions.