Penitentiary Desk

Denise Sparks

Cherry Hill, United States

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Eastern State Penitentiary
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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.

All pictures are the property of myself. They may NOT be used, modified, or changed in any way without my written consent.

Copyright 2010, Denise Sparks. All rights reserved.

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