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Old County Jail

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1870, Edward Haviland; 1910 addition. 201 N. Center St.
  • Old County Jail (Lu Donnelly)

Like most buildings of its kind, the county prison in Ebensburg is foreboding. The section completed in 1870 is a boxy stone Gothic Revival fortress with cell blocks at the rear and a central tower on the facade. Edward Haviland, son of famous prison architect John Haviland, designed it with massing similar to that of his Blair County Prison ( BL3), but with more powerful rectilinear projections on the facade. In 1910, a long brick cell block was added to the west. The addition's resemblance to a large, barred barracks only increases the dreary mood of the building.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Old County Jail", [Ebensburg, 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, 303-303.

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