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Construction of the City Hall and Courthouse building was a feat to say the least. Huge blocks of granite -- some weighing as much as 26 tons each -- were transported by train from Ortonville, Minnesota. The downtown Minneapolis landscape also has changed significantly since the building's inception in the late 1800s. As time has passed and events have occurred, the building has endured as a lasting icon for Minneapolis and Hennepin County. Peruse the historic photo archive for a look into the founding and life of the City Hall and Courthouse as well as some close-ups of key building features.


Image Gallery: Historic Photo Archive
Artist's Sketch of Laying of Cornerstone. 
This drawing commemorates the laying of the cornerstone in 1891, one of three celebrations open to the public during the nearly twenty years required to construct the City Hall and Courthouse. City Hall and Courthouse Office.  
A typical office is shown in this photograph dating around the turn of the 20th-century. Note the rug on the floor and paintings on the walls. What remains today are only the beautifully paneled doors. Grotesque Guarding Elevators.  
41 different grotesques are carved into the columns found around ground floor elevators in the rotunda. About four inches in height, they were mistakenly attributed to Henry Chalker, but later found to be the work of Guwond. Similar faces are found on the exterior of the Masonic Temple at the corner of Hennepin Avenue and Sixth Street. Artist's Sketch of the Crow's Nest.  
This sketch shows the crow's nest that was open to the public until just after World War I. More than 100,000 citizens annually made the trek up the circular iron staircase that ascends the clock tower in its southwest corner. From the nest, people experienced a panoramic vista very few had ever seen in the days proceeding the advent of skyscrapers. 
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