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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
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. City Hall and Courthouse.  
A familiar view of the City Hall and Courthouse from the northwest. As seen in the photograph, the magnificent structure dwarfed surrounding buildings, such as the row houses to the west and across the block. It remained the tallest building in Minneapolis until the construction of the Foshay Tower in the 1920s.  City Hall and Courthouse Office.  
A typical office is shown in this photograph dating around the turn of the 20th-century. Note the rug on the floor and paintings on the walls. What remains today are only the beautifully paneled doors. 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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