I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately about Peavey Plaza. If you’re not familiar with Peavey, it is located outside of the Minnesota Orchestra Hall in Downtown Minneapolis on Nicollet Mall. It has been of some interest recently because the City of Minneapolis intends to demolish the plaza to opt for a completely new design to compliment the Minnesota Orchestra Hall’s recent renovations. Preservationists (me included) oppose demolishing the plaza as it is an excellent example of Modernist Landscape Architecture. In response to the City’s plans the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) in partnership with the Cultural Landscape Foundation have filed suite against the City under the Minnesota Environmental Rights Act. To learn more about the law suit and how you can help save Peavey Plaza check out PAM’s website.
I’ve been paying close attention to this matter primarily because I find it interesting and am hoping that PAM can prevail in its fight, but also because I’ve opted to write about it for my Preservation Law class as a case study. The law suit is based on a court case from the early 90’s between the Minnesota Historical Society and Hennepin County over the Minneapolis Armory. The County intended to demolish the Armory to build a new Jail. The case ended up with the Minnesota Supreme Court and was eventually won by the Historical Society and the Minneapolis Army still stands today.
The Minneapolis Armory
In reading about this case I’ve learned a little bit about the Minneapolis Armory that I find interesting. First, it was the original home of the Minneapolis Laker’s basketball team before they left for Los Angeles. Second, two music videos were filmed at the Amory; Aerosmith’s I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing and Prince’s 1999. Check the videos out here:
The Armory is currently used for Downtown parking. In June the Star Tribune reported that the building’s owner intends to invest $16 million into renovating the structure to become an event center.
The Minneapolis Armory as it appears today
So there you are, those are you fun facts for the day!