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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.


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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. Arch Bridge with City Hall and Courthouse in Distance.  
A view of the clock tower, seen in the upper left corner from the Arch Bridge connecting Minneapolis to St. Anthony. 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.  Installing the Copper Roof.  
The original roof of the City Hall and Courthouse was of red slate tile. Because of the extreme temperature changes, these heavy tiles occasionally fell to the street below endangering passersby. This prompted the MBC to install a copper roof over the original roof, of which the underside may still be seen today from inside the attic. Because of the pitch of the roof, a specially designed cart was invented to carry the steeplejacks up and down the steep incline. 
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