Antoine and I got there about 15 minutes before the gates opened and there already a bunch of people waiting. It was Saturday though, so I was kind of expecting that.
Sadly I was so excited to get into the building that I didn't really take many photos of the exterior. This one was the best I got. Next time I'll make sure to get some better ones for sure!
The first part of the tour starts off in the offices and administration living quarters of the reformatory, which is what this post will cover). The second half of the tour takes you to the inmate areas and cell-blocks...that'll be part two.
Throughout the reformatory there were a tone of tiny corner rooms with tall, skinny doorways that were just big enough for a person to squeeze through. I'm not really sure what these were for, maybe storage? Bathrooms? Though I didn't really see evident of plumbing in them. In the office areas these rooms were usually circular and had windows that looked out onto the courtyards.
Paint is peeling everywhere. And in many areas the flooring (wood, tile, etc.) is coming up.
If you've seen Shawshank Redemption then this room should look familar...it's the warden's office.
Complete with wall safe!
And even a little movie memorabilia.
One of said little, corner rooms.
Antoine posing in one of the corner rooms.
A lot of the offices/living quarters had closets with these really cool built-in, wooden cabinets and drawers! I wish we had these in our house!
You can kind of tell from this photo that these stairs (and a majority of the stairs in the building) are actually made of steel!
X marks the spot. A weird design feature to the building creates an "X" of light beams from the windows of the four neighboring rooms. And those stairs straight-ahead lead to the chapel, which I'll start off with in part two.
Another familiar spot for the Shawshank movie lovers...
I was surprised how much of the movie was actually filmed in the prison and not at another location or in a film studio like I would have expected.
So that's part one. Stay tuned for part two, which might not be until next week (sorry!). But I will have some silly outtakes from our tour to share as well, so that'll be fun! Until then, happy Wednesday and I hope your week is going well.