Preservationists settle lawsuit with city over Peavey Plaza


A group of preservationists has settled a lawsuit it brought against the City of Minneapolis to prevent demolition of Peavey Plaza.

The plaza was designed by landscape architect M. Paul Friedberg and has been regarded as a icon of Modernist architecture. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in January 2013.

City officials unveiled a new vision for the public space at 11th & Nicollet two years ago in an effort to make it more accessible and a vibrant place all seasons of the year. The Cultural Landscape Foundation and the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota filed a lawsuit against the city June 29, 2012 to prevent the plan from going forward. 

Under terms of the settlement approved by the City Council today, the preservationists will work with city leaders on creating a new plan for Peavey Plaza that maintains its historic features and makes upgrades that will make it compatible with the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

In a statement, preservationists Charles Birnbaum and Doug Gasek said: “Today’s settlement is an important step toward the rehabilitation of Peavey Plaza and its reemergence as a vital public space, and we look forward to working with city officials, the City Council and other committed stakeholders in achieving that goal.”