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Old 04-05-2009, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Historic Central Phoenix
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Went there this weekend for a wedding. The building is amazing. Here are some outside pictures:




















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Old 04-05-2009, 03:56 PM
 
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These are so gorgeous.. Thank you for sharing them with us. The detail on the building is so precise. I know the cuts have certain meanings.
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Old 04-05-2009, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Cortland, Ohio
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Very cool!
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Old 04-07-2009, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Historic Central Phoenix
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The inside has been restored and can be rented out and they also do group tours to show the history of the building.

Here is the reception hall. I was at a wedding there and about 260 people were seated in here for dinner/dancing.



Here is a picture of the west cell block. It is separated from the restored areas but you can still get to it. It is amazing being in this building. The east cell block is the older wing and is 5 cells high. The west cell block is 6 cells high, making it the tallest prison cell block in the world.





Here is a painting that is still up from when the movie Air Force 1 was filmed here and it was supposed to be a Russian prison. This painting is in the reception hall. The painting is probably 15 feet off the ground and is 10 feet tall itself, just to give you an idea of how big the building and rooms are.



Here is what the typical hallway looks like. The tile looked original and the walls were painted to match.







This was part of the warden's quarters. It is where the wedding itself took place and seated about 60 people.



There was a room off to the side that was like a small museum giving historical information about the building. Here was a display:



Also in the museum:



Dental chair that was used to pull inmates teeth before getting the electric chair:



Electric Chair:



Old Safe in the Warden's Quarters:



Also part of the Warden's Quarters:




More pictures may be coming along with more history.
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Old 04-07-2009, 10:36 PM
 
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Old 04-08-2009, 07:57 AM
 
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Ooooo that electric chair is so horrible. Gave me the hibby geebys..


Great photos!
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Old 04-08-2009, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Historic Central Phoenix
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Ooooo that electric chair is so horrible. Gave me the hibby geebys..


Great photos!
There was lots of interesting and scary things in the museum.
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Old 04-08-2009, 08:04 AM
 
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There was lots of interesting and scary things in the museum.

More scary than that chair?
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Old 04-08-2009, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Historic Central Phoenix
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More scary than that chair?
The chair was probably the creepiest part of the museum but seeing the cells stacked 6 floors high and the paint flaking off the walls was probably the most eerie part of the building.

Thanks for the reputation bump
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Old 04-08-2009, 08:20 AM
 
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The chair was probably the creepiest part of the museum but seeing the cells stacked 6 floors high and the paint flaking off the walls was probably the most eerie part of the building.

Thanks for the reputation bump

Welcome. Thanks for sharing your photos.

I can see how the whole place would be eerie.. Bbbrrr gives me the chills. What a difference from our prisons today.
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