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Minneapolis City Hall, Minneapolis

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Minneapolis City Hall and Hennepin County Courthouse, designed by Long and Kees in 1888, is the main building used by the city government of Minneapolis, Minnesota as well as by Hennepin County, Minnesota. The structure has served as mainly local government offices since it was built, and today the building is 60 percent occupied by the city and 40 percent occupied by the County. The building is jointly owned by the city and county and managed by the Municipal Building Commission. The Commission consists of the chair of the County Board, the mayor of the City of Minneapolis, a member of the County Board and a member of the Minneapolis City Council. The County Board chair serves as the president of the Commission and the mayor serves as the vice president. The building bears a striking resemblance to the city hall buildings in Cincinnati and Toronto. The City Hall and Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.ArchitectureThe building replaced an earlier City Hall that existed from 1873 until 1912 near the old intersection between Hennepin Avenue and Nicollet Avenue. That structure eventually was razed to make way for Gateway Park, which continues to occupy part of the old City Hall site. The building also replaced an earlier courthouse and also the earlier Hennepin County Jail, which was located where U.S. Bank Stadium currently stands.
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  • It survived a 1950s "modernization" of the City Council chambers, hallways and stairs. A more recent project restored the building to it's roots-- including restoring the Council Chambers to "near" hi...  more »
  • This is a neat government that goes by various names. Officially it's the Municipal Building, some call it the City/County building since both Minneapolis and Hennepin County own it through the Munici...  more »
  • As for visiting, the main entrance lobby is worth checking out if you're into architecture. Some remodeling has affected it to a certain extent but I love these older buildings. Mpls has a history of ...  more »
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  • I have always loved this building!
  • It is a beautiful place that you must visit in minneapolis
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