This is another tour that is only available on a weekday, but I've heard a lot of good things about it, and decided that it was finally time that we did it. I apologize for the late posting, but I just received the confirmation from the tour office. This is a private tour just for our group. I have a limit of 30 people. The cost for this tour is $3.00. We will meet our tour guide by the Father of Waters statue in the rotunda off the 4th Street entrance by 1:45. Our tour is scheduled to start at 2:00. You can't miss the statue, it's really big. Please RSVP responsibly and update if your plans change.
I haven't been in the Minneapolis City Hall in years, but I remember it being a really interesting place. Even if you are not a Minneapolis resident, I'm sure you will find this to be an interesting tour. If you didn't know, it is the brown stone castle looking building across from the Hennepin County Government Center. There are many entrances, you can get to our meeting place from any of them.
The City Hall and Courthouse is home to an abundance of local history and urban legend. Discover amazing facts about the building on a tour led by one of our volunteer docents. Tour highlights include the 44-ton Father of Waters statue, the five-story Rotunda adorned with stained glass windows, the recently renovated City Council Chambers, a clock tower rising to 345 feet, grotesques peering out from around the Rotunda elevator doors, the Lillian Cross tile, and million-year-old fossils. The City Hall and Courthouse was built between 1887 and 1906. The building has an elegance and grandeur not found in modern building due to its Richardsonian Romanesque architecture and multiple interior design styles.
As always, following our tour, those interested will gather at one of the many local restaurants for socializing, food and conversation. I hope many members will join us.
Parking is available on the streets and in many ramps, including the Hennepin County Government Center and across from City Hall on the 4th Street side. Buses and the light rail go right past it. One word of warning, do not park in the ramp that is on 4th Avenue, it is outrageously expensive.