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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
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. 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. Construction of Attic.
An early advertisement for a construction company shows the attic of the City Hall and Courthouse before its completion. 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.
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