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Rebeccak
04-21-2006, 07:30 AM
A recent trip to Philadelphia to see the Andrew Wyeth Retrospective and Body Worlds Exhibits yielded an unexpected find: the Eastern State Penitentiary (http://www.easternstate.org/), one of the U.S.'s oldest model prisons.

I took a bunch of pictures which anyone is free to use as reference. Raw Texture photos begin with Post #18 (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showpost.php?p=3503463&postcount=18).

The images below are all from the Eastern State Penitentiary (http://www.easternstate.org/) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The place has a fortress like exterior and an interior design that resembles a wheel with spokes, each of which is long corridor of cells ~ not all the cell blocks were open, but several were ~ the prison was closed in the 70's, so since the prison is officially a ruin, visitors must sign waivers stating that they won't hold the state of PA responsible for any harm / injury that occurs while in the ruin / museum.

Here is a timeline (http://www.easternstate.org/history/index.html) of the prison's history.

Interesting notes: Al Capone was jailed here, as were many notorious murderers on Death Row (pictured later). The term 'penitentiary' originated from the aim of the Quaker founded prison, which was to reform through labor the supposedly penitent. It often didn't work.

Steve Busceme narrated the audio guide interestingly enough ~ he had scouted the place for a movie some years ago and apparently formed an attachment.

The prison was apparently used as a model for other prisons throughout the U.S.

Please note that Textures and Object / Reference Photos begin with post 18 (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showpost.php?p=3503463&postcount=18) and continue to the end of the thread.

~~~
(Reference from the various Philadelphia Museums can be found here:

Reference - Sculptures of Rodin (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=348488)

Reference - Art from the Philadelphia Museum of Art (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=348499) - where the Wyeth Retrospective is taking place)
~~~

EDIT: Files have now been zipped and can be downloaded here:

http://savefile.com/projects.php?pid=908918

The page takes a while to load, so please be patient.The following files are there for Download:

Prison Pics_Cells Doors Beds.zip - (Filetype: zip, 15.01MB)
Prison Pics_Corridors.zip - (Filetype: zip, 27.89MB)
Prison_Doors Windows_Misc.zip - (Filetype: zip, 16.39MB)
Prison_Textures Only.zip - (Filetype: zip, 23.98MB)



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http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4156.jpg

Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 05:56 AM
A prisoner's typical cell with rusty beds, table, standard bureau / chest of drawers:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4157.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4161.jpg

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http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4172.jpg

Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 05:57 AM
continued from above:

Cell blocks / corridors laid out like the spokes of a wheel:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4176.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4186.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4187.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4200.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4201.jpg

Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 05:59 AM
continued from above:

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http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4205.jpg

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http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4206.jpg

Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 06:01 AM
continued from above:

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http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4228.jpg

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http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4216.jpg

Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 06:04 AM
continued from above:

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http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4243.jpg

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Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 06:07 AM
continued from above:

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http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4239.jpg

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http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4273.jpg

Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 06:08 AM
continued from above:

Prison exhibit posters:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4280.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4281.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4291.jpg

Outdoor solitary exercise yard:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4295.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4296.jpg

Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 06:10 AM
continued from above:

"The Hole" where prisoners spent time in isolation:

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http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4322.jpg

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http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4328.jpg

Death Row:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4344.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4345.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4349.jpg

Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 06:11 AM
Death Row (continued):

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4352.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4354.jpg

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Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 06:12 AM
continued from above:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4370.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4371.jpg

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Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 06:14 AM
continued from above:

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http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4393.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4389.jpg

Part of an artist's exhibit, a dentist's chair:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4385.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4384.jpg

Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 06:15 AM
continued from above:

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http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4411.jpg

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http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4409.jpg

Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 06:16 AM
Al Capone's cell:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4396.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4397.jpg

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Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 06:17 AM
continued from above:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4413.jpg

ruined furniture / wardrobes:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4417.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4416.jpg

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Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 06:18 AM
continued from above:

Cell doors:

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http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4421.jpg

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Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 06:19 AM
continued from above:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4426.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4432.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4428.jpg

Fortress~like exterior of the prison:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4435.jpg

Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 07:25 AM
The following are some Texture and Reference photos that might be of use:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4212.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4213.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4221.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4174.jpg

Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 07:33 AM
Texture and Reference photos that might be of use:


http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4203.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4226.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4283.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4298.jpg

Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 07:36 AM
Texture and Reference photos that might be of use:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4299.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4353.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4300.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4302.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4313.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4329.jpg

Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 07:38 AM
Texture and Reference photos that might be of use:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4339.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4340.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4342.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4356.jpg

Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 07:40 AM
Texture and Reference photos that might be of use:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4361.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4362.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4392.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4373.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4408.jpg

Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 07:43 AM
Texture and Reference photos that might be of use:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4143.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4168.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4180.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4182.jpg

Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 07:44 AM
Texture and Reference photos that might be of use:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4181.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4238.jpg

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http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4301.jpg

Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 07:47 AM
Texture and Reference photos that might be of use:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4314.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4304.jpg

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http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4309.jpg

Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 07:48 AM
Texture and Reference photos that might be of use:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4330.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4315.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4343.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4348.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4355.jpg

Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 07:49 AM
Texture and Reference photos that might be of use:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4367.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4374.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Philadelphia%202/DSCN4400.jpg

Ego
05-01-2006, 08:43 AM
Thanks for your generosity. I know this took a lot of time to organize and post.

That place gives me the creeps but it sure makes for an excellent reference resource.
Bastards! They gave Al Capone preferential treatment!

Bonedaddy
05-01-2006, 08:50 AM
Damn, Rebecca. You've outdone yourself. Thank you.

LoTekK
05-01-2006, 08:56 AM
I'm quite thankful CGTalk doesn't default to the 60 replies a page that ca.org does. ;) That said, at 40 megs a page, you probably still need a warning akin to "Warning! Destroys browsers!" :D

SamSed
05-01-2006, 09:07 AM
wow i love those stuff :thumbsup: :thumbsup: Thanks.

here's a link (http://www.opacity.us/)for more reference photos (check out the links page too).

PS:it would be nice to put a warning for the 56Kers

urgaffel
05-01-2006, 09:54 AM
Thank you Kimcheee :D This will be very usefull for a lot of people. Thank you so much :)

Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 09:59 AM
Glad you like it guys! Thanks for all the nice comments! Old buildings rock. :)

Peter, hope to see you at SIGGY buddy!

Cheers, :)

~Rebeccak

Icarus
05-01-2006, 10:15 AM
wow rebecca, fantastic stuff!, as i had said in irc previously, big thanks :D

RobertoOrtiz
05-01-2006, 02:53 PM
Great pics Becca!So when do we get to see your prison tattoos?

-R

Spex84
05-01-2006, 05:45 PM
Fantastic!!
I had always thought that Half Life 2's 'Nova Prospekt' was inspired by Alcatraz. Looks like this prison was a huge influence, too--particularly that red dentist's chair.
Creepy, and wonderful. Thanks!

Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 05:47 PM
Hi guys,

Thanks for the response! :)

Files have now been zipped and can be downloaded here:

http://www.savefile.com/projects/908918

The page takes a while to load, so please be patient.The following files are there for Download:

Prison Pics_Cells Doors Beds.zip - (Filetype: zip, 15.01MB)
Prison Pics_Corridors.zip - (Filetype: zip, 27.89MB)
Prison_Doors Windows_Misc.zip - (Filetype: zip, 16.39MB)
Prison_Textures Only.zip - (Filetype: zip, 23.98MB)

Enjoy!

Cheers,

~Rebecca

woodyradica
05-08-2006, 12:01 PM
Great Reference Rebbeca Thanks for posting.......

Synthesizer
10-16-2006, 11:08 PM
Wow! I've been searching for photos of this place for a while, and I've managed to get 20 or so low qualtiy one. Thanks! The savefile link doesn't have any files in it though...

Also, a bit of trivia, this was used as the asylum in 12 Monkeys (or at least somewhere very similar).

Rebeccak
10-16-2006, 11:24 PM
Wow! I've been searching for photos of this place for a while, and I've managed to get 20 or so low qualtiy one. Thanks! The savefile link doesn't have any files in it though...

Also, a bit of trivia, this was used as the asylum in 12 Monkeys (or at least somewhere very similar).
Synthesizer, heya, thanks for the heads up - I just checked the savefile website, and apparently what happened is that they physically moved their servers and lost 90% of their data - so I'm reuploading stuff now. It'll take a little while, but I'll post here when everything is reuploaded and linked.

Re: 12 Monkeys - I knew it had been used for parts of that movie, which is really cool! It was funny because Steve Busceme narrated the acoustiguide tour. :D

Cheers, :)

-Rebeccak

Rebeccak
10-16-2006, 11:48 PM
Okay, all 4 zip files have been reuploaded and can be downloaded here:

http://www.savefile.com/projects/908918

All links throughout this thread to the zip files should now work. Please let me know if they go down again.

Cheers, :)

-Rebeccak

Synthesizer
10-16-2006, 11:57 PM
Ah, thanks for the quick reply. You can never have too much reference of old, falling apart buildings :)

Rebeccak
10-17-2006, 12:01 AM
Synthesizer,

No problem - you probably already know of these sites, but they're good:

http://www.abandoned-places.com/

http://www.graveaddiction.com/abindex.html

Very cool stuff!

Synthesizer
10-17-2006, 12:09 AM
Ah, thanks for the links, I may have had them before, but my bookmarks tend to get wiped out from time to time...

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