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Blair County Prison

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1868–1869, Edward Haviland; 1983 addition, L. Robert Kimball and Associates. Mulberry and Union sts.
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

Employing a formidable Gothic Revival castellated style, thought best to impress the wayward with its awesome power, this prison is a condensed version of the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia by the architect's father, John Haviland. A three-story central watch tower above the entrance is flanked by two-story-high polygonal bays. The one-story side wings of the stone edifice are greatly foreshortened compared to those of the Philadelphia prison. The rear addition in the 1980s brought the prison into the twentieth century. A second golden-colored cement block addition on the west elevation is more recent.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Blair County Prison", [Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 323-323.

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