The cornerstone laid on November 4, 1886 evolved into this magnificent Chateauesque structure. Cleveland architect Levi T. Scofield designed the Ohio State Reformatory using a combination of three architectural styles; Victorian Gothic, Richardsonian Romanesque and Queen Anne. This was done to encourage inmates back to a “rebirth” of their spiritual lives. The architecture itself inspired them to turn away from their sinful lifestyle, and toward repentance. This grand structure is comprised of more than 250,000 square feet and houses the world’s largest free-standing steel cell block.
Air Force One, The Shawshank Redemption, Tango and Cash, and Harry adn Walter go to New York have all been filmed there, along with parts of T.V shows like Ghost Hunters, and Scariest places on Earth. Music videos have also been filmed here, like Godmsacks and Marilyn Mansons.
My husband I took a trip there last September, it was awesome. Here are some of my pictures from it.
In any light, with all doors open, the light from all the windows casts a perfect X. It is said to be in the excat middle of the prison because the building is so bisymmetrical. Because the achitect, Scofield, was so paricular, it is probably so
In “Shawshank” Andy crawls through 5 footballs fields worth of sewer pipe to escape the prison. In fact, it was about 4 foot of pipe, made to look sewer-y with dirt and choclate syrup. The pipe is on display at the prison. During the discovery of Andys escape, Warden Norton looks into the hole. Here, Rexs does his best Warden Norton impression….