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Hospital wing

Hospital wing

By the 1950s and 60s, Eastern State’s medical wing had become an unusually well-equipped and sophisticated prison hospital.
Inmates with challenging medical conditions were often transferred here for treatment.
In a typical week the operating room might be used for heart surgery, joint repair, emergency trauma, and plastic surgery.
An ambitious psychiatric staff introduced new therapies in the 1960s.
Many specialists from Philadelphia’s numerous hospitals and teaching facilities joined Eastern State’s staff part-time.
Inmates worked as clerks, orderlies and nurses.
The bustling hospital had a reputation for being well-run, if perhaps “a little mad at times….”

Eastern State Penitentiary ~ Philadelphia, PA

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Marcia Rules30-Mar-2013 16:19
this looks right out of a Hitchcock film ~V
Milan Vogrin29-Mar-2013 20:22
Superb scene! V!
Chris Spracklen28-Mar-2013 23:49
Must have been a grim place, Stephanie!
Superb perspective and depth. *V*
Rick Bricker28-Mar-2013 15:00
Great linear shot Steph....I'd love to visit this place!
ChristinTroeger28-Mar-2013 09:20
Great perspective, looks kind of spooky.
Fong Lam28-Mar-2013 03:59
Excellent perspective and depth...thanks for the comments and sharing...V
Barbara Heide28-Mar-2013 01:08
brilliant urbex shot! Stunning, intriguing axcellent wide angle... V
Hank Vander Velde27-Mar-2013 23:54
A very well captured image with good detail and good depth Stephanie.
Martin Lamoon27-Mar-2013 22:34
Great internal view of the old hospital wing. v
Helen Betts27-Mar-2013 21:24
Wonderful texture on those walls, and again a great POV. V.
Carol Rollins27-Mar-2013 21:19
Amazing to look at, and what great information!
Colin Storey27-Mar-2013 20:31
Stunning image with this perspective and superb textures. v
Phillip Normanton27-Mar-2013 20:06
What a place!
Johnny JAG27-Mar-2013 19:36
Great perspective
Peter Sussex27-Mar-2013 18:55
A real Desolation Row, done with an artistic vein. Bravo!!! V
larose forest photos27-Mar-2013 18:39
Really interesting info, Stephanie, and I must say, I love that shot of the building in all its crumbing glory. I find old buildings like that terribly photogenic! VV
godro27-Mar-2013 18:32
I like it !
bill friedlander27-Mar-2013 18:22
Perfectly photographed and a very sympathetic description! I guess the decay makes it look scarier than when it was in use. V
Tom LeRoy27-Mar-2013 18:21
A wonderful shot, Stephanie! Must have been some kind of hospital. V
John Reynolds27-Mar-2013 18:08
Great image and fascinating history. V.
fotabug27-Mar-2013 17:11
Very interesting info and fabulous image!
Tom Munson27-Mar-2013 14:29
Terrific image and commentary, Stephanie!
parallaxes27-Mar-2013 14:25
Great shot of this moody place... time is flying... and a very instructive caption :^)
Jim & Josefina27-Mar-2013 14:07
Nice explanation...I would have never guessed it with the looks of it today. Good shooting.
burtmann27-Mar-2013 13:58
What a superb shot Stephanie with an interesting narrative. V
Zoltán Balogh27-Mar-2013 13:43
What an outstanding capture Steph! V
dane27-Mar-2013 13:23
Nice place to visit... wouldn't want to live there. V
Walter O. Koenig27-Mar-2013 12:52
Great perspective and lighting in this image Steph. Nice textures and details. "V"
faye white27-Mar-2013 12:31
Wow! What a place!
Jim Coffman27-Mar-2013 12:10
This is simply fantastic,Stephanie!!
CM Kwan27-Mar-2013 11:58
This is impressive, Steph. V
Vickie BROWN27-Mar-2013 11:16
Excellent composed images of this series. V
LynnH27-Mar-2013 11:00
This is great! I love the perspective, and the details of the worn surfaces and faded colors. BV
laine27-Mar-2013 10:54
This is a super series, Steph and thanks for the history too
Kim27-Mar-2013 10:53
What a scary place,, but nicely photographed! V
Blandine Mangin27-Mar-2013 10:45
superbe composition ! v
Yvonne27-Mar-2013 10:40
Excellent journalistic image, captures the desolation so well. v
Mike Long27-Mar-2013 10:39
excellent - appropriate lens & aperture selection for a powerful image V
Lieve Snellings27-Mar-2013 10:13
A perfect image to show the desolate mood... V
Gérard Koehl27-Mar-2013 10:00
La composition est parfaite. V
Carl H. Johnson27-Mar-2013 10:00
They should include your image in their brochure!!!~V~
danad27-Mar-2013 09:47
All things must pass, but it is a terrible image of Neglect. Very well composed. V.
Michal Leszczynski27-Mar-2013 09:27
Very good perspective in this work. Besides excellently captured here these textures and details. Excellent photo, Stephanie, V
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