COLLECTIVE WORKS

ABANDONED URBAN DECAY GALLERY

Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia

The Barber's Chair

Eastern State Penitentiary broke sharply with the prisons of its day, abandoning corporal punishment and ill treatment. This massive new structure, opened in 1829, became one of the most expensive American buildings of its day and soon the most famous prison in the world. The Penitentiary would not simply punish, but move the criminal toward spiritual reflection and change.