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FJC = Family Justice Center
GC = Hennepin County Government Center
JJC = Juvenile Justice Center
PSF = Public Safety Facility
Suburban Courts = Regional service centers near Brookdale & Ridgedale
Hennepin County CourthouseHennepin County Government Center (GC)
300 South 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487 Map »
Courts: Civil, Criminal, Housing, Probate, Mental Health, Traffic
Courtrooms: Floors C3 - C11 and C13 - C19

Family Justice CenterFamily Justice Center (FJC)
110 South 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401 Map »
Court: Family
Courtrooms: Floors 1, 4, 5, 6

Juvenile Justice CenterJuvenile Justice Center (JJC)
590 Park Avenue, Rm. #100
Minneapolis, MN 55415 Map »
Court: Juvenile
Courtrooms: 2nd and 3rd floors

Public Safety FacilityPublic Safety Facility (PSF)
401 4th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415 Map »
Courts: Criminal and Traffic
Courtrooms: 1st floor

Brookdale CourthouseBrookdale Regional Service Center
6125 Shingle Creek Parkway
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 Map »
Courts: Criminal and Traffic
Courtrooms: 1st floor

Ridgedale CourthouseRidgedale Regional Service Center
12601 Ridgedale Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305 Map »
Courts: Criminal and Traffic
Courtrooms: 3rd floor

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Courthouse History

Hennepin County Courthouse
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."

Minneapolis City Hall
Built in Richardsonian style, of Ortonville granite, the building once served as the both the Hennepin County Courthouse and the City Hall of Minneapolis. Today it continues to house the Hennepin County Conciliation Court as well as city and some county offices. It is jointly owned by the City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County. With its clock tower rising to a height of 345 feet, the building was the tallest structure in Minneapolis until the 1920s. The clock itself was said to be the largest in the world when it was installed. Its faces measure four inches larger than those of London's Big Ben. 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. In 1974, the Municipal Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places. In 1981, a general plan was created for the building that attempts to restore some of the original detail. Most recently, the City Council chambers have been remodeled to resemble the 1923 design by John S. Bradstreet. Minneapolis Collection: History of the Municipal Building. F614.M5M34. 

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