It was an idea that overtook the prison systems
in the early 19th Century in the United States.
Prisons should become a place that would inspire penitence,
thus the name Penitentiary.
the Eastern State Penitentiary sits like a medieval castle.
The prisoners here had the luxury of
running water and central heat long before most Americans did,
The prisoners also enjoyed
Instead of being placed in group cells,
a prisoner would now have his own cell
in which to be alone with his thoughts,
The prison was slated for redevelopment after it closed
in 1970, but later Mayor Wilson Good intervened.
Today, the prison is considered a historic site and
operates as a museum.
Tons of photographers are
attracted to the deteriorating cells inside the prison walls.
You could spend hours here!
If you go, take a tripod and dress for the weather.
2027 Fairmount Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19130
More of my photos from the prison can be seen here.