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Old Cumberland County Jail

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1854, Myers and Gutshall. 37 E. High St.
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (© George E. Thomas)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)

The massive brownstone Norman gatehouse with its crenellated towers owes much to Napolean LeBrun's Montgomery County Courthouse (MO23) in Norristown, leading back to Haviland's Eastern State Penitentiary (PH126). Cumberland County's smaller size required more modest facilities, but the monumentality of the present building is still remarkable, particularly as it stands amidst handsome town houses. The brilliant blue framework rising out of the old prison yard contains offices that were inserted in 1985.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Old Cumberland County Jail", [Carlisle, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 365-365.

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