300 South 6th Street
Minneapolis , MN
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The Hennepin County Courthouse, located in the Hennepin County Government Center, was completed in 1974. It was designed by John Carl Warnecke and Associates of San Francisco, with Peterson, Clark and Associates of Minneapolis. The masonry is the same carnelian red granite from Ortonville, MN, that was used in building the Minneapolis City Hall, where the courthouse used to be located. The diagonal braces of the modern building are steel sprayed with a fireproofing material to which a cream-colored porcelain-type material was fused.
The building's total cost was about $50 million, with $1.6 million more spent after completion on making necessary window changes, fitting an additional floor for courtrooms, and installing glass walls on atrium floors and walkways.
The building is divided into two towers - the "Courts" tower (C-Tower) and the "Administration" tower (A-Tower.) The C-Tower has 39 courtrooms and related offices, plus the Hennepin County Law Library. The A-Tower has both County and District Court offices. At street level, 6th Street passes under the second floor (skyway / public-service level) of the two 24-story towers.
- Historical information adapted from "The First 100 Years... The Minnesota State Bar Association."
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