Eastern State Penitentiary (Part Four)


This is the main guard tower and all areas of the prison are visible from this area.


There are also auxiliary guard towers in each corner of the prison with spotlights.


Some cells accessible from the exterior of the cell blocks. All of the cells in this penitentiary are solitary confinement and this is what’s known as “The Pennsylvania System” and it originated here. The “Auburn System” eventually superseded the “Pennsylvania System” because it was determined to be more humane.


These are some of the deteriorating benches around the perimeter walls that face towards the baseball diamond.


I am not quite sure but I think this portion of the prison was the laundry where some of the prisoners worked.


The thickness of these stone walls (even interior) were incredible and its hard to imagine trees growing through them, but they did.


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