The Postcard Facts Read: Easter State Penitentiary America's Most Historic Prison
When Easter State Penitentiary opened in 1829, visitors from around the world marveled at its grand architecture and radical philisophy. The experient - to reform criminals through strict isolation - soon became a model for prison design world wide. The penitentiary's vaulted, sky-lit cells held many of America's ,ost notorious criminals, including Willie Sutton and Al Capone. After 142 years, Eastern State was finally abandoned. Tours today include cellblocks, central rotunda,death row and critically acclaimed art exhibitions.
Photo by: Elena Bouvier, 1998.