Eastern State Penitentiary

Golden Hallway

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Eastern State Penitentiary is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  It operated as a prison from 1829 to 1971.  It was the largest prison built at the time and was a model for over 300 prisons.   Al Capone and Willie Sutton were two of Eastern State Penitentiary’s most famous inmates.

Eastern State Penitentiary was marked as a National Historic Landmark in 1966 and in 1994 it opened to the public.  Today it is a museum and operates tours year round.  It is known as a “preserved ruin” which means no attempt has been made to renovate it.  Eastern State Penitentiary is considered haunted and Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures  and MTV Fear has filmed there.  Terry Gilliam’s “Twelve Monkey’s was filmed there and the Playstation 2 game “The Suffering” was inspired by Eastern State Penitentiary.

The first set of photographs were taken in cellblocks 11 and 14 which are not open to the public.  For a fee, you can reserve a time and have access to photograph these sections.  I was there yesterday for two hours with nine other photographers from my night photography group to shoot.  After the two hours we were free to shoot in the public areas.

This first photograph is part of the hallway of cellblock 14.

Cellblock 14

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Two pictures from of the cells in cellblock 14. The first one is looking out and the second is looking in.

Looking Out

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Green Cellblock

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A white barber’s chair in cellblock 11.

White Barber's Chair

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Another cell in cellblock 11. This cell would hold two inmates.

Shoes in the Corner

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The next  group of photos were taken in the public areas.  The first one is cellblock 7.  The doors to the cells in were designed to be very  small in order to keep the prisoners from charging the guards when the door was opened.

Cellblock 7

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Close-up of the beautiful window at the end of cellblock 7.

Blue Light

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Close up of the small door in cellblock 7.  The peeling paint was everywhere!

Green Entryway

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Looking back towards the center hub in cellblock 7.  Sometimes a picture just calls out to be black and white.

Double Stairway

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A close-up of the stair rail from the stairs in the above photo of cellblock 7.

Stair Railing Detail

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Late afternoon sun in cellblock 7.   I really loved the golden effect.

Golden Light

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I love the big iron gates.  This is Cellblock 2.

Cellblock 2

 

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This is Al Capone’s cell.  As you can see his cell was not like any other prisoners. Kind of cozy.

Capone's Cell

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Green Cell Door

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Between 1971 and 1994 the penitentiary was abandoned and a forest literally took over the building.  You can see a tree growing through the back wall.

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The red barber chair in the public section.

The Red Barber's Chair

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This is looking at cellblock 6 which is closed to the public because of the deterioration.

The Door to the Outside

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In the above photograph of cellblock 6 you can see a doorway to outside.  The picture below is what you see looking back at the door.

Guard's Tower

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Looking through the gates to the Hospital Ward.  You can see the medical cross on the gate.

Hospital Ward

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I love this hallway out of cellblock 10.  The netting on the ceiling reminds me of fishnet stockings.

Cellblock 10

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The last photo is of Death Row.  If you look at the dark stripes on the wall, you can see where the wall to cell was.  The cells did not have windows and were very small.

Death Row

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