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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
Residential View of City Hall and Courthouse.  
Noted as its most prominent feature, the clock tower of the City Hall and Courthouse can be seen in the far distance from this view looking north up Park Avenue. Aerial View of City Hall and Courthouse from the East.  
The clock tower of the City Hall and Courthouse can be seen against the background of the University of Minnesota campus in the foreground. 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.  Largest Block of Granite.
A largest block of granite, weighing 23 tons, caps the archway to the basement access entry. All the granite to build the City Hall and Courthouse was hauled from Ortonville, Minnesota over 160 miles away by horse and cart.
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