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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
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. Minneapolis Police Department Corridor.  
Views of the interior such as this one show how much the building has evolved over a century of use. Because it was the first public building constructed with the entire support resting on the exterior walls, the interior space was and continues to be subject to great change. Clock Tower Elevator.  
A glance inside the clock tower elevator dated c. 1955 taken for a local newspaper. The elevator still exists today as seen in this photograph accommodating three to four people in very small and confined area for a ride that is equivalent to 13 stories.  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.
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