Plaza of the Americas (Gainesville, Florida)

Plaza of the Americas
Established 1925
Location Gainesville, Florida, USA

University of Florida

Plaza of the Americas

Looking north across the plaza, towards Library West
Coordinates 29°39′1.6″N 82°20′34.75″W / 29.650444°N 82.3429861°W / 29.650444; -82.3429861Coordinates: 29°39′1.6″N 82°20′34.75″W / 29.650444°N 82.3429861°W / 29.650444; -82.3429861
Built 1925
Architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.

The Plaza of the Americas is a major center of student activity on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. It is located in the quad between Library West, Peabody Hall, the University Auditorium, and the Chemistry Building.[1]

In 2008 the Plaza of the Americas became a contributing property in the University of Florida Campus Historic District which was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 20, 1989.[2][3]


In 1925, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. developed the plans to improve the plaza. In 1931, the space was officially designated the Plaza of the Americas at the first meeting of the Institute of Inter-American Affairs. The students planted 21 trees around the plaza. They dedicated the newly planted trees to the 21 countries that were invited to the meeting. Today, the quad is the unofficial forum for the University of Florida where students and organizations present their ideals.[4]

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