Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Memorial Plaza

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Institution Name: University of Evansville
Original/Historic Place Name: Memorial Plaza
Location on Campus: behind Administration Building
Date(s) of Construction:
1978original construction Knapp, Given & Condict
Designer: Knapp, Given & Condict
Type of Place: Landscape site
Style: (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, engineering, landscape
Narrative: see below
References: see below
ca. 1978-present (2006)memorial site

In 1977, a plane taking off from the Evansville airport crashed, killing all those aboard. The basketball team and other University related people were on board. A Memorial was designed and placed behind Olmsted Administration Building. The finished product includes a beautiful brick plaza with stone benches circumvented by trees and flowers. The focal point of the plaza is the memorial itself: a fountain shaped like a basketball appears to weep. Two giant stone walls flank its entrance bearing the names of the crash victims. The Memorial was dedicated in 1979.


Klinger, George. We Face the Future Unafraid: A Narrative History of the University of Evansville. Evansville, IN: University of Evansville Press, 2003.

Olmsted, Ralph. From Institute to University. Evansville, IN: University of Evansville, 1983.


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