Posts Tagged ‘Eastern State Penitentiary’

Report from Philadelphia

Cindy Stockton Moore. Installation view, Other Absences, 2014;
Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia

The third-most-popular visitor destination in Philadelphia is a ruined prison: the Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP). Based on the concept of the Panopticon, in which all inmates are housed in a circular building and under the surveillance of guards in a central tower, ESP opened in 1829 and closed in 1971. At the time of its completion, the fourteen-acre complex was the largest construction in the[.....]