Wild's Views - The Eastern Penetentiary

Historical Images of Philadelphia Philadelphiana
Wild's Views - The Eastern Penetentiary

Item Info

Item No: pdcp00458
Title: Wild's Views - The Eastern Penetentiary
Additional Title: Views of Philadelphia, And its Vicinity - Plate 6
Historic Street Address: 2124 Fairmount Avenue
Media Type: Lithographs
Source: Print and Picture Collection

 It is situated on the high ground on Coates' Street, north west of the city, only a short distance from and within plain view of "Fairmount".  It has been often said that it resembles "some baronial castle of the Middle Ages," from its style of architecture and its immense extent, occupying almost ten acres of ground, constructed from a dark species of granite, which imparts to it a most grand and dolmen appearance. 
-Ezra Holden, Views of Philadelphia and Its Vicinity, 1838


From: Views of Philadelphia, And its Vicinity, published by J.T. Bowen from a J.C. Wild painting. 

Referenced in Scharf and Wescott, Vol. 3 p. 1834-5.

[CAPTION] Lithy. of J.T. Bowen, Phila.     THE EASTERN PENETENTIARY.     Publd. by J.T. Bowen at his Lithographic & Print Colouring Establishment, 94, Walnut Street, Philadelphia.     Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1840 by J.T. Bowen in the Clerk's Offc. of the Dt.Ct for the E.D. of Pa.


Hand-colored lithograph, published in Philadelphia by J.T. Bowen, 1840.

Creation Year: 1840
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.172641
Geocode Latitude:39.968323

Creator Name: Bowen, John T., approximately 1801-1856? - Lithographer
Wild, J. C. (John Caspar), approximately 1804-1846 - Lithographer
Haviland, John, 1792-1852 - Architect