Minneapolis' Influential Modernist "Park Plaza" Saved from Demolition

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) and the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) have reached a settlement with the City of Minneapolis to preserve and rehabilitate Peavey Plaza, ending a lawsuit brought by the groups to prevent demolition.

The threat of demolition has been lifted from M. Paul Friedberg's influential Peavey Plaza, one of the small fraction of landscape architecture sites to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

"Last year, against objections from a coalition of preservationists led by TCLF, Peavey Plaza was slated to be razed," writes Chris Bentley. "A rift had developed one year prior, after city-led redevelopment plans threatened key elements of the original design, prompting Friedberg and TCLF president Charles Birnbaum to split from the team tasked with bringing the aging modernist plaza up to contemporary standards."

According to the agreement approved by the Minneapolis City Council last week, "PAM, TCLF and the City agree to work together on a new plan that maintains Peavey’s historic character while rehabilitating it to address access, maintenance, and programming issues," says a TCLF press release

Full Story: MINNEAPOLIS’ PEAVEY PLAZA ESCAPES DEMOLITION AFTER PRESERVATIONIST LAWSUIT

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $14.95 a month
Book cover of Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning

Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning

Featuring thought-provoking commentary and insights from some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the field.
$18.95
Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 2012

Thinking about Grad School?

You need the essential resource for prospective planning students
Starting at $24.95