Houdini Plaza is located at 100 W. Lawrence Street. Developed in
the 1980's as an open green space in the center of downtown
Appleton. Throughout the years Houdini Plaza has become the
host for several events and activities such as the
Appleton Farmers Market, Summer Concert Series, Octoberfest, etc.
In 2013, Houdini Plaza went under construction for a complete
redsign to make it the premier multi-use urban plaza in
The redesign of the Plaza takes full advantage of many of the
new improvements that have occurred over the past two years. The
significant addition to the Trout Museum established a contemporary
style for the Plaza and a clear geometry to utilize in the layout
of the space.
From a program standpoint, the Plaza is designed to balance
appearance, pedestrian hospitality, and special events staging
while accommodating service (emergency/maintenance) access.
Houdini Plaza 2013 map diagram
One of the most noticeable new features of Houdini Plaza is the
illuminated fountain and column, that provides stylish seatwalls
and paving patterns welcome visitors and residents into the site to
sit, relax, or enjoy an event.
Throughout the plaza you will find illuminated benches, lawn
areas, and a raised terrace with tables and chairs that is also
utilized as a stage for performances.
Houdini Tower is one of the focal points of Houdini
Plaza. The 12-panel design holds images that detail the
history of Appleton, highlight works by local artists and
photographers that tie in with events, activities, history and the
rich culture of the Fox Valley. Read more about the
artist, Thomas M. Dietrich and his selections by clicking here.