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Views Of The Charleston Jail

Most of these photographs are from the 3rd floor of the Charleston jail. This was where the prisoners considered dangerous were housed.

Views Of The Charleston Jail - click to enlarge
Views Of The Charleston Jail – click to enlarge

Guards did not enter the area without first checking through peep holes in the first doors. Of course gates of bars were right behind any solid doors.

Views Of The Charleston Jail - click to enlarge
Views Of The Charleston Jail – click to enlarge
Views Of The Charleston Jail - click to enlarge
Views Of The Charleston Jail – click to enlarge

There were also special cell areas where prisoners were disciplined.

Views Of The Charleston Jail - click to enlarge
Views Of The Charleston Jail – click to enlarge
Views Of The Charleston Jail - click to enlarge
Views Of The Charleston Jail – click to enlarge

And last here is the far end of the 3rd floor, top of the stairs.

Views Of The Charleston Jail - click to enlarge
Views Of The Charleston Jail – click to enlarge

At some point this was also used as an asylum. It was the only one in Charleston.

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Jail Cells, 1800’s

The Charleston Jail was opened in 1802 when the prisoners well being was not all that important.

Jail Cells, 1800's - click to enlarge
Jail Cells, 1800’s – click to enlarge

The third floor in the image above held the prisoners considered dangerous. Each cell held men, women, and children in an area about 12×12.

Jail Cells, 1800's - click to enlarge
Jail Cells, 1800’s – click to enlarge

A small coal fireplace in one corner provided some heat in the winter.

Jail Cells, 1800's - click to enlarge
Jail Cells, 1800’s – click to enlarge

Each floor held a different type of prisoner. The first floor was for guards, supplies, and special people of Charleston society. Second floor was a debtors prison, third for long term inmates.

Jail Cells, 1800's - click to enlarge
Jail Cells, 1800’s – click to enlarge

The only personal hygiene considerations was a communal bath on the first floor for the removal of lice.

Jail Cells, 1800's - click to enlarge
Jail Cells, 1800’s – click to enlarge

Light and fresh air came from an air shaft center of the building.

The jail was shutdown in 1939.

 

Not All Are Restored, A Series

Most structurally sound old historical buildings in Charleston have been restored. This manor has not and still displays the damage from hurricane Hugo, 1989.

Not All Are Restored - click to enlarge
Not All Are Restored – click to enlarge

These photographs are from a walk through of the Akin buildings and properties in Charleston, South Carolina.

Not All Are Restored - click to enlarge
Not All Are Restored – click to enlarge
Not All Are Restored - click to enlarge
Not All Are Restored – click to enlarge
Not All Are Restored - click to enlarge
Not All Are Restored – click to enlarge
Not All Are Restored - click to enlarge
Not All Are Restored – click to enlarge
Not All Are Restored - click to enlarge
Not All Are Restored – click to enlarge
Not All Are Restored - click to enlarge
Not All Are Restored – click to enlarge

A scheduled publishing due to hurricane Florence.