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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
View from Crow's Nest.  
Aside from a panoramic 360 degree view, visitors to the crow's nest were also delighted with this precarious look down to the street below. Exterior View of Clock Face.  
The four clock faces of the clock tower are said to rival Big Ben's in size being, according to different sources, either a few inches larger or a few inches smaller. Note the repairman leaning out through one of the clock's access panels. Father of Waters.  
Mississippi, or the Father of Waters as he is better known, has graced the rotunda of City Hall and Courthouse since 1904. Sculpted from the largest piece of marble taken from the famed Carrara quarries in Italy, he weighs over 14,000 pounds. 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.
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