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Atrophy Of History | by Bill Fultz
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Atrophy Of History

Cell Block 9

Eastern State Penitentiary

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Two, 5 image hdr's photomerged


There are a couple of rooms like this where the wood cabinets have deteriorated and there's debris piled up on the floor.


Located just outside Downtown Philadelphia, Eastern State Penitentiary stands like a fortress over an entire city square block. Constructed in 1829, at the time of it's completion it was considered a state-of-the-art maximum security prison and was world famous for it's brutality and design. The idea of the time was that you change the behavior of inmates through "confinement in solitude with labor." The prison design is like that of a wagon wheel and was copied throughout the world in the early through late 1800's. In 1971 it was abandoned and left in ruin until 1994 when the first daily tours began. Much of the prison is left in a half-state in decay, and some areas are left in pure ruin. It really is one of the coolest places I've visited in my life.


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Taken on October 20, 2011