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Eastern State Penitentiary

Calbar is part of the ongoing restoration to save much of the old terne roofing that remains on the building.
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iIn 1787, a group of well-known and powerful Philadelphians convened in the home of Benjamin Franklin. The members of The Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons expressed growing concern with the conditions in American and European prisons. Dr. Benjamin Rush spoke on the Society's goal, to see the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania set the international standard in prison design. He proposed a radical idea: to build a true penitentiary, a prison designed to create genuine regret and penitence in the criminal's heart home of Benjamin Franklin. The members of The Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons expressed growing concern with the conditions in American and European prisons. Dr. Benjamin Rush spoke on the Society's goal, to see the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania set the international standard in prison design. He proposed a radical idea.




In 1991, generous funding from The Pew Charitable Trusts, stabilization and preservation efforts begin. The first Halloween fundraiser takes place on Halloween night to raise money to create a daytime tour program. A few hundred people attended that first year. Since then, a Halloween fundraiser has been held at the penitentiary each fall and attendance increased each subsequent year. Today, Terror Behind the Walls is one of the largest and most successful haunted attractions in the county.

Resources derived from fundraisers have been used to rehab and maintain this great Historic Philadelphia site.





3) A repair was made 6 months before using new Terne metal. The welded seams had begun to rust.




4) Rusted seams were spot primed with 10-520 primer and the roof was finished with 2 coat of Showerproof "WB".




5) New Terne on turrett rusted before it was painted.




6) The turrett was repaired using 10-520 rust inhibitive primer and two coat of Showerproof "WB".




7) One of the badly rusted cell block roofs.




8) This is a shot of the same roof after it was restored using one primer coat of 10-520 roof primer and two coats of Showerproof "WB".








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