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The state penitentiary, for the eastern district of Pennsylvania, c1855. | by Library Company of Philadelphia
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The state penitentiary, for the eastern district of Pennsylvania, c1855.

Bird’s eye view of the prison built 1823-1836 after the designs of John Haviland at 2101-2199 Fairmount Avenue. Shows the prison designed with radial corridors, courtyards, and a Gothic-style entranceway and outer wall. A horse-drawn wagon is visible within, and another, probably a paddy wagon, arrives in front of the prison complex. Men on horseback, possibly guards, accompany the arriving wagon and a few pedestrians walk nearby in the street and on the sidewalk. Cityscape, including Girard College, is visible in the background. View also includes clusters of trees surrounding the prison and as part of the outer lying landscape.

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