Castner Scrapbook v.19, Disasters, Criminal Prisons 1, page 1

Historical Images of Philadelphia Castner Scrapbook Collection
Castner Scrapbook v.19, Disasters, Criminal Prisons 1, page 1

Item Info

Item No: pdcc03141
Title: Castner Scrapbook v.19, Disasters, Criminal Prisons 1, page 1
Historic Street Address: 24th & Poplar Streets
Historic Street Address: Fairmount & Ridge Avenues
Media Type: Scrapbooks
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Item 1, top:  Image showing efforts to subdue a large house fire, featuring a fire pump wagon and a bucket brigade.  Engraving by an unidentified artist, 24 x 11.5 cm, undated.

Item 2, center:  Image of the first House of Refuge, opened in 1828, at Fairmount & Ridge Avenues.  It was intended as a new alternative to prison for white juvenile offenders and vagrants, in theory providing rehabilitation rather than punishment.  Due to overcrowding, the detention center moved to a new location in 1850, adjacent to another such facility for African American children (see next item below).  Wood engraving by George Gilbert, 22 x 9.5 cm, undated (but c. 1830).

Item 3, bottom:  Image of the House of Refuge's Departmernt for Colored Children, at 24th Street, between Parrish and Poplar Streets, designed by architect John McArthur, and opened in 1849.  The picture shows the layout of the detention center, including dormitories, dining hall, and schoolrooms.  Lithograph by P. S. Duval & Sons, 22 x 11 cm, c. 1858.

Creation Year: 1845
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.175952
Geocode Latitude:39.972248

Call Number: A917.481 P536 v.19
Creator Name: Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler
George A. Gilbert - Engraver
P. S. Duval & Sons - Lithographer
John McArthur, Jr. - Architect

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