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Ohio State Reformatory (image heavy)

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


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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