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Barbara Laskin

Marvin Plaza

Marvin Plaza

A New Green Library Plaza

Marvin Plaza Renovation

Marvin Plaza, located near the library’s main entrance, is undergoing a major renovation to improve the design, drainage, aesthetics, and functionality of the space.

Dedicated to the memory of Margaret Wallin Marvin ’39 GP’09, ’03, a Macalester Distinguished Citizen, former trustee and generous donor, the new plaza design incorporates porous paving stones in the pattern of the Macalester shield to improve drainage. The new, clean ground plane will be surrounded with memorial trees, colorful gardens, and perimeter seating areas.

Margaret Wallin Marvin came to Macalester from the Iron Range, studied English and speech communication, and made a career as a teacher who challenged and inspired her students. She was an active community member, serving her church, the Girl Scouts, and the Warroad School Board. She loved books and libraries and generously donated funds to build the Warroad Public Library and Heritage Center. Upon her death in 2007, President Rosenberg said Mrs. Marvin "loved Macalester as much as anyone I've ever met."

The Marvin Plaza renovation will create additional gathering space in the center of campus for events, classes, or quiet conversations. The plaza will also be the new home of a pergola given to Macalester by the class of 2004. Work is expected to be completed in early August.

Marvin Plaza
Marvin Plaza