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Allentown, PA / In Progress

Center Square

The historic center of Pennsylvania’s fastest-growing region

Center Square is the historic center of downtown Allentown, marked with an obelisk monument that celebrates the Goddess of Liberty at its apex. Omnes is working with the City of Allentown, Department of Transportation, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, and local stakeholders to develop a contemporary vision for this important historical public space. Center Square is the true civic commons of Allentown as the site of protests, celebrations, festivals, parades, and quotidian life in the city. It is also at the convergence of Seventh Street and Hamilton Street, which is Allentown’s civic promenade and retail corridor.

Omnes is currently working on the project, with schematic design expected to be completed in Fall of 2020. This civic plaza celebrates the centrality of the Soldiers and Sailor’s monument, allowing for pedestrian-friendly improvements, street trees and green spaces.

The images shown were copied with permission from the Lehigh County Historical Commission. The identity of the original photographers are unknown.

About

Size: 4.52 acres

Cost: $2,500,000

Collaborators: City of Allentown. McMahon & Associates, and RETTEW

Center Square in 1919
Center Square in 1900
Center Square in 1898. at the unveiling of the monument
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