Alcatraz: History and Design of an Icon by Ira Nadel, Donald MacDonald

By Ira Nadel, Donald MacDonald

Shrouded in secret and wealthy with heritage, Alcatraz attracts over 1000000 viewers every year. This enlightening quantity presents the 1st entire heritage of Alcatraz instructed via its structure. In pleasant illustrations and obtainable textual content, authors Donald MacDonald and Ira Nadel display the layout judgements that experience formed the island from its first brick and masonry fort to the notorious concrete cellblock, to the panorama layout of its modern gardens and chook sanctuaries. full of exciting evidence all through, this little treasure permits an extraordinary glimpse into the lifetime of the island.

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And interior iron staircases from the lems. The prison’s walls were reinforced with Citadel were reinstalled in the new 1912 prison a web of steel bars that increased the strength building. Gigantic granite blocks originally of the concrete, but many of them were placed designed as gun mounts were reused as the so close to the walls’ surface that they began to wharf’s bulkheads and in retaining walls. Riveted bar doors from rust as moisture from the salty air saturated the surface. Mixing nineteenth-century cellblocks were tossed into concrete retain- the broken brick into the concrete as an economic measure ren- ing walls for additional strength.

Ney General Homer Cummings, which read “fifty-three crates of Opposite: Figures 46 & 47 Below: Figures 48 & 49 59 CHAPTER 4 furniture from Atlanta received guards alike. ” years in solitary in D Block and The first prisoners were later eleven years in an isolated cell in joined by George “Machine Gun” the prison’s hospital. (Figure 52) He Kelly, escape artist Roy Gardner, died on November 23, 1963, the and murderer Robert Stroud (the day after the assassination of John “Birdman of Alcatraz”), all sent F.

They stayed nine days. however. They simply tossed garbage and anything else not needed By 1907, a new military prison was planned, and soldier- directly into the bay or burned it in the incinerator. On occasion, convicts began to fashion a massive cellhouse and set of support even aging buildings were either reduced to rubble or pushed buildings on the summit and slopes. Construction on the new over the side or used for landfill on the island. Decay, caused by building began in 1908 and was complete by 1912.

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