Eastern States Penitentiary (June 2011)

We took a very interesting tour of the Eastern States Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA, which was the first actual "penitentiary" in the US. The penitentiary has not housed prisoners for a long time and is now kept open for tours through private donations.

The Baltimore Chapter and the Suburban Philadelphia Chapter teamed up to make this a joint event.

The exterior was made to look very castle like.

Single cell.

The penitentiary was designed with numerous wings, like spokes on a wheel, which could be monitored from a central location.

Over time, a second level was added to some wings.

Although the majority of the population was male, the penitentiary did have female prisoners.

There was a major escape in 1945.

Al Capone was one of the penitentiary's notable residents.

Posted by Mitch Greenberg at July 24, 2011 02:40 PM