City Hall/Courthouse bells going silent for construction work

Starting Monday, Nov. 27, the bells at the Minneapolis City Hall/Hennepin County Courthouse will stop ringing so crews can reinforce the bell support system. The work will last approximately three weeks.

The support system, which is as old as the building itself, holds the tower’s 15-bell set. The bells vary in weight from 300 to 7,300 pounds. Renovations will address concerns over the support of the largest bell, where the steel plate between the bell and supporting timber has deteriorated significantly.

The Municipal Building Commission Historic Preservation Fund, which receives funds from private building events, such as weddings, will cover the costs of the $130,000 project.

The Municipal Building Commission has served as the steward for the historic City Hall/Courthouse building since 1904. Free tours are available every third Wednesday of the month at noon. For more information, visit www.municipalbuildingcommission.org.