Civic and Commercial Projects

David Lilly Plaza

Minneapolis, MN • Completed 1986


Oehme, van Sweden & Associates
Wolfgang Oehme
James van Sweden

Installed atop a parking garage and enclosed by buildings, this square (200-by-200-foot) courtyard plaza is heavily used by students of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. Named for David M. Lilly, the former Federal Reserve Board Governor who helped secure the firm’s Federal Reserve Board Garden commission, the garden was planted with a cold-hardy, drought-tolerant palette that contrasts with the traditional lawns found in nearby courtyards.


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  • 100 Church Street, SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55455


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Beth Dow (American, b. 1965)

Dow’s work examines the ways we shape our environments and how we use photography to mediate that experience. Her photography has been exhibited in America, Britain, Japan, China, Switzerland, and Germany, and has garnered many awards, including the Grand Prize in the inaugural Photography. Book.Now competition. Dow has received fellowships from the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board, and her photographs have been reviewed in many publications, including the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe. She lives in Minneapolis.