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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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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. 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. Old City Hall.  
The first Minneapolis City Hall was erected in the heart of the Gateway District where Hennepin and Nicollet Avenues converge. Built in the Empire style, it was designed by Long before his partnership with Kees. The flagpole that stood at its main entrance (not pictured) may still be seen today in nearly the same location from over a century ago. Interior View of Clock Room and Clock Mechanism.  
A look at one of the original mechanisms that rotated the clocks' arms. It has long since been replaced with an automated system.
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