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Peavey Plaza, Minneapolis

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Peavey Plaza is a public outdoor event space in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota at the south end of Nicollet Mall between South 11th and 12th Streets. The sunken plaza and its amphitheater was designed by landscape architect M. Paul Friedberg and built in 1975 alongside Orchestra Hall. The Cultural Landscape Foundation has deemed the plaza a "marvel of modernism" and it has been named one of the top ten most endangered historical sites in Minnesota. The plaza is threatened by development, and a planned "revitalization" by the City of Minneapolis and Orchestra Hall has been criticized for excluding key designers from the process.Following a 2011 public meeting where architect Tom Oslund proposed changing the plaza, Minneapolis activist Trish Brock launched the Save Peavey Plaza campaign. Brock reached out to and united the Cultural Landscape Foundation and the Preservation Alliance to move forward with the preservation of Peavey Plaza.In June 2012, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and the Cultural Landscape Foundation filed a lawsuit against the City of Minneapolis on the grounds that the planned demolition of Peavey Plaza would violate a Minnesota law protecting "historic resources" from "pollution, impairment or destruction." In January 2013, the plaza was placed on the National Register of Historic Places; the lawsuit remained outstanding at that time. On October 4, 2013, the lawsuit was resolved in favor of the Plaza's preservation. The settlement agreement included the following language: "The parties agree that the goal of any new plan plan will be to preserve the Plaza through a rehabilitation that is consistent with the Secretary of Interior’s STANDARDS FOR TREATMENT OF HISTORIC PROPERTIES, and specifically with the GUIDELINES FOR THE TREATMENT OF CULTURAL LANDSCAPES published by the U.S. National Park Service." The National Trust for Historic Preservation cited the site as one of ten historic sites saved in 2013.
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  • I used to bring my lunch here, sit on the steps and enjoy myself. I haven't been here for a while. The fountain and pool have been shut down and drained of water. The flower beds are ok, but not maint...  more »
  • Used to be a haven for downtown, outside, city life (fountains, reflection pools, waterfalls, ice rink, grandstand, meditation spot, etc.), but has also become tired. Orchestra Hall has been revamped,...  more »
  • Live music during the summer. Visually pleasing. Take note of all the colorful characters you will see on the Nicollet Mall side. If you are lucky you will see an actual arrest made by the Minneapolis...  more »
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  • Fantastic huge modernist fountain. Literally walk across and through it. Not on often enough enough, can get dirty especially late winter early spring.

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