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An American Classic

By raul_naja  
A cell Block from Eastern state Penitentiary,
A Philadelphia Pa. Landmark.
Opened in 1829 as part of a controversial movement to change the behavior of inmates through "confinement in solitude with labor," Eastern State Penitentiary quickly became one of the most expensive and most copied buildings in the young United States. It is estimated that more than 300 prisons worldwide are based on the Penitentiary's wagon-wheel, or "radial" floor plan.

Some of America's most notorious criminals were held in the Penitentiary's vaulted, sky-lit cells, including bank robber Willie Sutton and Al Capone. After 142 years of consecutive use, Eastern State Penitentiary was completely abandoned in 1971, and now stands, a lost world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers.

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Tags: General Architecture History Prison Landscape and travel Eastern state penitentiary

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A difficult shot nicely done...excellent

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Sahyadri Plus
10 61 2 India
14 Jun 2008 6:23AM
you have "managed" the light so well... great shot raul
very moody - I can almost smell it.
11 18 1 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2008 7:32AM
I can feel the despair of the place. Great image.
16 Jun 2008 2:33AM
Thanks for the comments. This place was something to see, and imagine what it was like over one hundred years ago When it was a functioning Penitentiary.


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