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Featured Ohio State Reformatory (image heavy)

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by gryphon1911, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Top Veteran

    Feb 6, 2015
    Central Ohio, USA
    I have a full post over at my Visual Ohio blog, which I will link to at the bottom of this thread for those who want to read through the whole thing and see a bunch more pictures. I used a combo of the Olympus EM5.2 and Panasonic 12-35/2.8 and Ricoh GRII and the first image in the blog post was shot with my Pixel 2 XL.

    The Reformatory:
    Architect Levi Schofield designed the reformatory after 3 different styles: Victorian Gothic, Richardsonian Romanesque and Queen Ann. The idea was for the inmates to be inspired by the architecture and be reborn back into their spiritual lives.

    The reformatory opened its doors on September 15, 1896 and was built on the site of an old Civil War soldier training camp.

    The facility is no longer in use and the building/property were sold to the city in 1995. It has been turned into a museum and tourist location.

    Information about the reformatory building, tours and more detailed history can be found on their Official Website.

    Many Hollywood movies and music videos were shot here.
    Air Force One
    The Shawshank Redemption
    Tango and Cash
    to name a few.

    Here are a few images:

    Improvised weapons found during the reformatory's operation.

    "Old Sparky'


    The "chair room" - paranormal activity is heavy here. If chairs are left in certain rooms, they tend to move around.

    The cathedral area

    Leaving the cathedral and heading into the first cell block area.

    A typical cell area (restored for tourist purposes)




    Visual Ohio - Ohio State Reformatory
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  2. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Top Veteran

    Feb 6, 2015
    Central Ohio, USA
    More images:

    Not sure if these are bullet holes or just defects in the glass due to the sun. I forgot to ask the docents at the facility.



    Leaving the warden's area on level 3 and going toward the cathedral.

    Parts of the old hospital/library area

    The second cell block area.


    Solitary confinement. These cells were "the hole".
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  3. These are fascinating places. If walls could talk. . . .
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  4. bartjeej

    bartjeej Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    Very photogenic, love the textures!
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  5. Bobby Tingle

    Bobby Tingle Super Moderator Moderators Team

    Dec 31, 2013
    Louisville, Ky
    I love OSR. It is such an amazing place. I'm way overdue to go back.
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  6. agentlossing

    agentlossing Regular

    Mar 23, 2015
    Andrew Lossing
    Fantastic photos. Check out Eastern State Pen in Philadelphia if you ever make it over there, it's the same kind of facility. I love it when places like this are minimally upkept but allowed to "age" and only get more mysterious and cool.
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  7. Matero

    Matero Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 28, 2014
    Helsinki, Finland
    Hi, nice shots, prisons really are photogenic places and full of stories. Not all so nice ones.

    I made similar photo story last summer, linked below.

    Fuji X100S visits prison

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