F.L. Olmsted, jr., advised on the design of McGraw Square in 1919. He had indicated to J.C. Olmsted that he wanted to deal with it as it was "a messy little matter of detail and I have it all in my head." His plan was to have the concrete pavement marked off in simple squares lining up with the monument base and steps around it.. The challenge was the warped surface of the surrounding pavement.