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September 19, 2009

Eastern State Penitentiary Tour

Visit the Eastern State Penitentiary with your fellow MIT Alums.

Opened in 1829 as part of a controversial movement to change the behavior of inmates through "confinement in solitude with labor," Eastern State Penitentiary quickly became one of the most expensive and most copied buildings in the young United States. It is estimated that more than 300 prisons worldwide are based on the Penitentiary's wagon-wheel, or "radial" floor plan.

Some of America's most notorious criminals were held in the Penitentiary's vaulted, sky-lit cells, including bank robber Willie Sutton and Al Capone. After 142 years of consecutive use, Eastern State Penitentiary was completely abandoned in 1971, and now stands, a lost world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers.

Note that the site remains in a state of semi-ruin. Children under 7 years old are not permitted. Sandals and open-toed shoes are not recommended.

Photos by Tom Bernard & Elena Bouvier, courtesy of E.S. Penitentiary

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2009

Time: 11:30 AM
         Group Lunch (Dutch treat) following tour nearby at Jack's Firehouse Restaurant
Location: Eastern State Penitentiary
         2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
         Phone: 215-236-3300
         Eastern Penitentiary Web site, Map, Directions

Cost: $9 for Dues-paying Club members & their guests
        $15 for non-members
        $7 for children 7 through 18
        Children under 7 not permitted

Reservations: via MIT Infinite Connection:

Club Membership -- Join or Renew on-line:

For Questions: Tracy Sadowski
         e-mail: tracys@alum.mit.edu

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