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Minneapolis City Hall


Minneapolis City Hall
Municipal Building


Structure in General

existing [completed]
dark red
romanesque revival
multigabled roof


governmental office city hall


  • Building is 341 feet to base of flagpole, from original linen drawings at University of Minnesota.
  • A colossal statue "Father of Waters" by Larking Goldsmith Mead is located in the 4th Street rotunda.
  • The building is constructed of red granite, and designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. It occupies a block 300 feet square.
  • The Minneapolis City Hall was originally constructed with a terra cotta roof. This was replaced in the 1950s with the current copper roof.
  • The building is connected by tunnel to the US Federal Courthouse and the Hennepin County Government Center.
  • The adjacent block of 5th Street was permanently closed to vehicular traffic in early 2002 to make way for a new light rail station serving Minneapolis City Hall and the Hennepin County Government Center, just to the south.
  • The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
  • It was the tallest structure in Minneapolis until completion of the W Minneapolis - The Foshay in 1929.
  • Ford Brothers Glass Company designed and manufactured the rotunda's stained glass windows and skylight.
  • A 'green' roof will be installed in 2008; green roofs feature plants which absorb rainwater, mitigate the effects of urban heat islands, and help insulate the building.
  • The building is an excellent example of the romanesque style applied to municipal buildings in the United States. The City Hall and County Courthouse just a few miles to the east in St. Paul is an excellent example of the art moderne style, typically employed just a couple of decades later.

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300-350 5th Street South
400 4th Avenue South, 301-329 4th Street South
401-499 3rd Avenue South
350 5th Street South
Downtown West

Technical Data

355.00 ft
341.01 ft
341.01 ft

Involved Companies

Long & Kees
bell foundry, construction company, glass supplier, lighting consultant

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
  • National landmark
  • Atrium is present
  • Clock(s) displayed on the outside
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