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HDR at Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP)

A really cool place to visit and photograph in HDR.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Eastern State Penitentiary U.S. National Register of Historic Places U.S. National Historic Landmark The exterior of Eastern State Penitentiary. Location: 2027 Fairmount Avenue Fairmount, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Area: 11 acres (45,000 m2)[1] Built: 1829 (closed in 1971) Architect: John Haviland Architectural style: Gothic Governing body: State NRHP Reference#:[masked] Significant dates Added to NRHP: October 15, 1966[2] Designated NHL: June 23, 1965[3]

The Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP[4]) is a former American prison in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is located on 2027 Fairmount Avenue between Corinthian Avenue and North 22nd Street in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia and was operational from 1829 until 1971.

The penitentiary refined the revolutionary system of separate incarceration first pioneered at the Walnut Street Jail which emphasized principles of reform rather than punishment.[5] Notorious criminals such as bank robber Willie Sutton and Al Capone were held inside its unique wagon wheel design.

When the building was erected it was the largest and most expensive public structure ever constructed, quickly becoming a model for more than 300 prisons worldwide. The prison is currently a U.S. National Historic Landmark,[3] which is open to the public as a museum for tours seven days a week, twelve months a year 10 am to 5 pm.

Here is the official website http://easternstate.o... It cost $12.00 to get in and $10.00 for a tripod permit. There is a public parking lot right next to ESP.  Dress for the weather as the building is not heated.

I think we will shoot until about 1:00pm and then we can head across the street to Jack's Firehouse for lunch. http://www.jacksfireh...

After lunch we can return to ESP to continue shooting.

I was there last Spring and here are my shots: http://www.flickr.com...

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  • Mark

    Great meetup. Fantastic people..!!! Thanks to everyone for all of the helpful tips.

    December 20, 2011

  • Bill H.

    An awesome group! Enjoyed meeting some new friends, all the photo opportunities and.....the food!

    December 18, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any specific meeting point? I've never been here, so not sure whether it's easy to get lost around here...If not prompted, I will be near the entrance (hope it is prominent), and I can be reached at[masked] 9983.

    -Bejoy

    December 18, 2011

  • Ann J.

    Would love to go but I drove home from Ohio this morning and just can't embrace driving for 8 hours tomorrow...Harry and Bill, next time and I'd love to carpool and help with driving and gas. :)

    December 17, 2011

  • Tom F.

    Thanks Mark, forgot about the coupon.

    December 6, 2011

  • Mark

    Jacks Firehouse sound cool..!!! This is a link to the $1.00 off coupon at ESP that can be printed. http://easternstate.org/visit/coupon

    December 6, 2011

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