Skip to content
Home » US States » M » Minnesota » Hennepin County

Hennepin County

Hennepin County is named for Father Louis Hennepin, who was an early explorer in the area.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Wright County, Sherburne County and Anoka County

E – Anoka County and Ramsay County

S – Dakota CountyScott County and Carver County

W – Carvar County and Wright County


Created:   February 23, 1854                 Map of Minnesota highlighting Hennepin County

County Seat:

Minneapolis  1855 – present


County Courthouse – Minneapolis


Location:  300 South 6th Street / 4th Avenue

Built:  1969 – 1974

Style:  Modern

Architect:   John Carl Warnecke and Associates of San Francisco and Peterson, Clark and Associates of Minneapolis

Contractor:  Knudson Construction Services and M A Mortsenson Company


Description:  The building faces north and  is a twenty-four story carnelian red granite from Ortonville and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Minneapolis on the south side of People’s Plaza. The building consists of two towers rising 403 feet with a glass atrium between. The west tower has the county administration and the east tower has the courts. The diagonal braces are steel sprayed with fire proofing material to which a cream-colored porcelain type material was fused. The building sits atop 6th Street which runs through the towers.


Old County Courthouse – Minneapolis



Location:  350 South 5th Street / 4th Avenue

Built:  1888 – 1895

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesquen

Architect:  Franklin Bidwell Long and Francis Kees

Contractor:  Charles F Haglin & Sons


Description:  The building faces south and is a four story brown colored carnelian granite  structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Minneapolis on the north side of the courthouse and People’s Plaza. The south front has a high square stone tower. The building has a large center courtyard. The green colored roof is hipped.The spacious rotunda houses the statue of the “Father of Waters,” a colossal work of sculptor Larkin Goldsmith Mead, who carved the statue while residing in Florence, Italy. The building was the former courthouse. and now services as the Minneapolis City Hall.


See:  Charles F Haglin of Minneapolis also built the courthouse in Crow Wing County.


History:  The county was created in 1854 and Minneapolis was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1857. The second courthouse was constructed in 1888 to 1895 at a cost of $3,554,000. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1969 to 1974 at accost of $50,000,000.



County Courthouse – Minneapolis

















Old County Courthouse ( City Hall ) – Minneapolis







Photos taken 2010