Hennepin County Government Center

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Hennepin County Government Center
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Hennepin County Government Center
located in the county seat of Minneapolis.
General information
Location Minneapolis, Minnesota
Coordinates 44°58′33″N 93°16′0″W / 44.97583°N 93.26667°W / 44.97583; -93.26667Coordinates: 44°58′33″N 93°16′0″W / 44.97583°N 93.26667°W / 44.97583; -93.26667
Construction started 1969
Completed 1977
Height 403 feet (123 meters)
Technical details
Floor count 24
Design and construction
Architecture firm Warnecke & Associates

The Hennepin County Government Center is the courthouse and primary county government administration building for Hennepin County in the State of Minnesota. It is located in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, the county seat of Hennepin County. Before its construction, the Hennepin County government offices were housed in the Minneapolis City Hall-Hennepin County Courthouse.

Building[edit]

The building was designed by the architectural firm of John Carl Warnecke & Associates. It was dedicated in 1973 and completed in 1977. It is 403 feet (123 meters) tall and has 24 stories. When viewed from the northeast or southwest sides, it takes on the appearance of a stylized letter H. This shape serves as the logo of Hennepin County. Each side of the "H" is a separate tower. The towers are connected by catwalk bridges on several floors. The whole is enclosed by glass windows to form an atrium.

The Southeast side is known as the court tower. It houses courtrooms, county attorney offices, and the Hennepin law library. The Northwest side houses county administrative offices such as social services and county records.

Location[edit]

The Hennepin County Government Center is built over 6th Street using the air rights over the street, which enabled two large plazas to be built in the city blocks.

It is connected by a tunnel to the Minneapolis City Hall, underneath 5th Street and the METRO Blue and Green lines. The Government Plaza METRO station is between the two buildings. The tunnel also connects to the federal courthouse for the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

The building has skyway links to the Thrivent (formerly Lutheran Brotherhood) headquarters building and the US Bank Plaza Building (formerly Pillsbury Center).

There is a separate secure tunnel to the Hennepin County Adult Detention (jail) center located diagonally across the plaza.

History[edit]

Before its construction, the Hennepin County government offices were housed in the Minneapolis City Hall-Hennepin County Courthouse.

After earlier suicides by jumping from the catwalk bridges, 6-foot high glass wall panels were added to the bridges & balconies throughout the building. One additional suicide occurred after this, when a person pulled seating benches onto a catwalk, climbed on top of them, and jumped over the glass walls.

Following a deadly shooting within the court tower in 2003, new security measures were implemented.[1] New metal detectors were installed, along with X-ray equipment. The 2nd-floor lobby service desks at the skyway level were re-configured to accommodate the changes.

The building was the site of a performance by French tight-rope walker Philippe Petit.[citation needed]

Notable legal actions[edit]

The following are a list of notable legal actions that were held in the Hennepin County Government Center:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hennepin County shooting prompts new look at security. Art Hughes, Minnesota Public Radio September 29, 2003.
  2. ^ Carl Eller, Former Vikings Great, Convicted of Assaulting a Cop SI.com, January 26, 2009
  3. ^ Minnesota v. Craig, Case No. 07043231. Petition to enter plea of guilty-misdemeanor (D.C. Minn., August 8, 2007).
  4. ^ Zack Margaret. "Man Gets 27 Years for Murdering Subway Employee." Star Tribune 25 Mar. 1994.
  5. ^ “Surprise speaker makes race issue – Murder victim's parents irate in court.” Star Tribune 31 Jan. 1995.

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