Eastern State Penitentiary

From Prison to Playground


Most people are familiar with the Eastern State Penitentiary, but few have seen it like this. Even fewer know of its former life as a playhouse for children and hideaway for troubled teens between being a prison and historic landmark.

The Eastern State Penitentiary held prisoners from 1829 until 1971. It was abandoned as a prison, and repurposed as a national historic landmark 20 years later.

Bobby's story takes place in the late 80's when he was 12 years old.

Special thanks to Bobby Quinn, Nicole Fox, Tara Blasser and to Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, inc.