Sep. 11th, 2010 at 5:54 PM
We visited Eastern State Penitentiary again while in New Jersey. I love that place- the historicalness, the way they're trying to stabilize it without actually restoring it,everything.
The first time we visited was in 2008. The Synagogue and Chaplain's Office were still closed to the public, as they were trying to raise funds to restore them at the time. Currently, they're still working on the Chaplain's Office- we could look through the windows and see that, yes, it was being worked on, hurray, but the Synagogue WAS completed and opened to the public fairly recently, including the little Synagogue Museum next to it, showing what they went through to restore it, and the things they found as they did so.
This is a photo of the Synagogue before they restored it. Several cellblocks still look as ruined as this, as they try to raise funds to replace the roofs (the Hospital cellblock is one of them, the kitchen, the bakery (funds have been raised and work has started to stabilize the roofs of the hospital, solarium, kitchen and bakery), the dining hall, and cellblocks 3, 5, 6, 8, 11,12, 14, 15 are the others).
( And the after... )