Portfolio Naples November 2017 - Page 53

EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY photography by Lorri Freedman e famous eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA was operational from 1829 through 1971. In the early 19th century there was a controversial reform theory that behavior of inmates could be changed through solitary confinement and labor. e penitentiary quickly became one of the most expensive buildings in the country, and was used as a model for other prisons. It's considered the world's first actual penitentiary. Chicago's notorious mob boss, Al Capone, spent eight months at eastern State from 1929-1930 for his first prison sentence. As a "celebrity" inmate his cell had oriental rugs, fine furniture, and a cabinet radio. even in prison, he lived a life of luxury. you can still see how his cell was furnished when you visit. Infamous bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton spent 11 years at eastern State. In 1945, he was one of a dozen prisoners to escape by digging a 100 foot deep tunnel, but he was quickly captured. Today, the ruins of cellblocks and guard towers are rumored to be haunted. As when it was oper- ational, the landmark building still attracts visitors from around the world. eastern State Penitentiary is located at 2027 Fairmount Avenue, between Corinthian Avenue and north 22nd Street, and operates daily as a museum from 10 AM to 5 PM. PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE 51