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Location DB > United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia > Holmesburg Prison
 Name
Holmesburg Prison
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 Database Info
created by HauntedPA on 1/26/2004 11:34 AM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 10/16/2022 5:34 PM
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 Overview
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Shares a similar design to Eastern State Pennitentiary. Large stone walls surround the complex and a "hub and spoke" layout for the prison blocks inside the main walls. Historical prominence as it was built in 1896 and shares some very strange anomylies in building technique and design of prisons from that era.
 Basic Information
Type: Prison
Status: Semi-active
Accessibility: Extremely Difficult
Recommendation: Completely locked down. Don't bother.
 Physical Information
Address
8215 Torresdale Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Owner: City of Philadelphia
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  •  Hazards
     Interesting Features
    Shares a similar design to Eastern State Pennitentiary. Large stone walls surround the complex and a "hub and spoke" layout for the prison blocks inside the main walls. Unlike Eastern State prisoners were allowed contact with other inmates and gaurds. Things were not nearly as strict here as they were a few miles away in ESP.
     Security Measures
  • barbed wire
  • razor wire
  • 24 hour guard
  • locked gates
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  • 25-30ft stone wall
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1896
    Closed: 1995
     Required Equipment
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     History
    Built in 1896 it was part of the "new age" of prisons in Philadelphia. However from some point in the 1950's through the 1970's a number of horrible occurances took place behind the stone walls of Holmesburg. Extensive testing with Dioxin was done on at least 70 patients by the DOW Chem Corp. as well as numerous experiments done by the University of Penn Medical School. In 2000 over 300 patients filed a class action lawsuit against the school and the prison for what happened there over the years.
     Media Coverage
    Most of these links refer to the experimentation done on inmates:

    https://www.ojp.go...-holmesburg-prison
    https://muttermuse...prison-experiments
    https://www.qcc.cu...mesburg_Prison.htm
    https://www.tablet...nmates-experiments
     Future Plans
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    Interior Photos
    Mon, Jan 26th, 2004
    posted by HauntedPA
    4 pictures
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    Exterior and Aerial
    Mon, Jan 26th, 2004
    posted by HauntedPA
    2 pictures
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    2014
    Thu, Jun 26th, 2014
    posted by Kurt
    3 pictures
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    Holmesburg
    Fri, Oct 14th, 2022
    posted by krush
    6 pictures


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     Web Links
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     Validation
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 10/16/2022 5:34 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Oct 16 22 at 17:34, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Oct 16 22 at 17:34, Emperor Wang changed the following: Future Plans
  • on Oct 14 22 at 22:09, krush added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Oct 14 22 at 22:07, krush created a new gallery
  • on Sep 13 22 at 21:24, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Sep 13 22 at 21:24, Emperor Wang changed the following: Media Coverage
  • on Sep 13 22 at 17:05, fr00tCake changed the following: Street Address, Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy, Prefer Satellite, Media Coverage, Web Links
  • on Dec 22 18 at 17:56, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Dec 22 18 at 17:56, Emperor Wang changed the following: Notes for Mods, History
  • on Dec 21 18 at 23:26, Kurt updated gallery picture
  •  Forum Threads about this Location
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    You must log in for this feature to work.Willie Sutton At HolmesburgMuler013951/17/2009 4:49 AM by Muler
    You must log in for this feature to work.Up Close and Personalyaggy012551/13/2007 2:06 PM by yaggy
    You must log in for this feature to work.Update... sort ofRobbieKnobbie2182110/11/2006 7:33 PM by RiverRunner
    You must log in for this feature to work.How'd you get in?underdark3222710/24/2004 8:27 PM by HauntedPA
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