This last Thursday Erin and I went to the Eastern State Penitentiary up in Philadelphia. Our trip include the daytime visit to see the abandoned prison in it state of a stabilized ruin, which is quite photogenic in an Urban explorer sort of way...without the messy nature of actual urbex. Which makes it kind of pussy, but still photogenic none the less.
After dinner at the Firehouse across the street, which was a bit overpriced, but outside of the gristle in the meat of my steak, I really liked the place, Erin didn't quite have the same experience though. Well, after that dinner, I went to go park at the zoo...and proceeded to get lost. I got a little hot under the collar, because apparently Philadelphia has an aversion to putting up actual sings with the street names on them. None the less, along the "water works" area, Philly is quite beautiful. Though overall, the town is really, really, ugly IMNSHO, and I come from Baltimore.
After that we visited the Prison again, now at night for "terror behind the Walls" haunted attraction. While a bit short, it was a genuinely scary thrill. Somehow when the very first scare caught me off guard, I was sufficiently taken out of my usual jaded self to really enjoy the experience.
So I will now inundate you with pictures I took:
The stark vault of your typical 19th century prison cell.
a forgotten dresser covered in the detritus of the faltering plaster
A completely untouched cell block
A wet creepy area near death row
Looking up through the bars to layers of more cell blocks
I put this on deviant art with the accurate description: A dark corner of Death row; Abandoned Prison.
I didn't mean to be Gother than thou when I wrote it, it just came out that way.
The cat you see in the right hand of this picture is ceramic. Part of an artist installation of Ghost Cats, because when the complex was truely abandoned in the 70s....a colony of feral cats lived in it.
The Institutional green-aqua was seen on a lot of surfaces...Does anyone reading this know why that color was used in the 30s through the 60s? I can understand white, and battleship grey....but why this particular aqua?
I believe this was a wardens office
And this was the Chaplains office
Okay, creepy. Abandoned shoes tend, in popular visual means, to be an indicator "somebody died here"
Watch movies, even view news magazines, and you'll notice it as a meme.
Also this one gives me an eerie feeling
The long hall
Prisoner art, allegedly