Jon Crispin's Notebook

Elmira Correctional Facility + SF Meet-up?

Posted in Architecture, Buildings by joncrispin on 15/05/2013

One of the projects I did back in the 80s was a documentation of late 19th and early 20th century New York State prison architecture (funded by the New York State Council on the Arts).  I shot it all with my 4 x 5 Wista and it is nice to look at the photographs from time to time.  This shot at the Elmira Correctional Facility is the only one I took with evidence of a prisoner (note the guy’s hands on the lower left holding the mirror as he is checking me out).  The corrections people were super nice to me, although I am pretty sure they could not really grasp what I was up to.  If I remember correctly, this is one of the few NY State prisons with this traditional set up….just like in the movies!

I’ll be heading back out to San Francisco on Sunday for an Exploratorium event Monday evening.  Thinking about trying to get together with any of you who are interested.  Any ideas about a pub somewhere near the Embarcadero where we could hang out at the end of the day on Tuesday?  Shoot me an email if you have any ideas.

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  1. Julia said, on 15/05/2013 at 10:57 pm

    I wish I could meet-up, but I can at least recommend a classic San Francisco pub/restaurant full of history. In fact it is the oldest restaurant in California they say. It is the Tadich Grill at 240 California Street, which is close to the Embarcadero. Hope it works out and can’t wait to get into the city to see the exhibit at the Exploratorium. Cheers!


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