On p. 41 of the 1989 master plan for downtown Springfield, “Visions”, we have an excellent idea for the redesign of Pynchon Plaza which would allow it to more effectively accomplish the purpose for which it was built: Making the walk from the Quadrangle to Court Square much shorter.
Of course, even then it would have been much easier and cheaper to simply continue the path of the lower flights of stairs over the wall of water.(see What’s right? What’s wrong? Pynchon Plaza)
On the other hand, though the idea for a memorial to Springfield native Dr Seuss (Theodore Geisel) had been discussed as early as 1986, in this 1989 plan we see an artist conception of just how it might look. Notice that on the “Spanish Steps” there are statues of Dr Seuss characters like Horton and The Cat in the Hat.