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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. 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. Clock Tower Bell Carillon.  
Another celebrated feature of the City Hall and Courthouse is the carillon of 15 bells. At the time of installation, they were heralded to be the most finely pitched bells in the nation, if not the world. They are still chimed on all official holidays and other special occasions. Grotesque Guarding Elevators.  
41 different grotesques are carved into the columns found around ground floor elevators in the rotunda. About four inches in height, they were mistakenly attributed to Henry Chalker, but later found to be the work of Guwond. Similar faces are found on the exterior of the Masonic Temple at the corner of Hennepin Avenue and Sixth Street.
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