Peavey Plaza's future may be a question mark, but it now has an exclamation mark on its past.
The National Register of Historic Places is recognizing the downtown Minneapolis block as a landmark of landscape architecture. The 1975 creation of M. Paul Friedberg was hailed as a gem of Modernist design.
Like many of us, Peavey Plaza is not as bushy-tailed as it was in the 1970s. The city council flirted with the idea of demolishing it last year. Instead, it chose to give the Plaza a face-lift in conjunction with a renovation of neighboring Orchestra Hall.
Preservation groups and The Cultural Landscape Foundation argue the planned makeover would leave the Plaza unrecognizable to fans of its original design. They've filed a lawsuit. The Star Tribune reports a trial is scheduled for June but a hearing is coming up on Feb. 5.