Mansfield Reformatory Where Shawshank Redemption Was Filmed
My cousin and I took a guided tour through the Mansfield Reformatory in Mansfield Ohio. This is where the Shawshank Redemption movie was filmed. I thought I would share my pictures with you since I took the day off from cooking. There have been multiple movies and a video filmed here including being filmed as a Russian prison for the Air Force One movie.
A non profit organization bought this property for $1.00 from the state as nobody else bid on the property. The state in turn donated the same $1.00 back to them after the sale was complete. They obtain the funds for the upkeep through ticket sales and as a haunted house during Halloween. The tour tickets were $25.00 for a self guided tour and $35.00 for a guided tour.
It is a beautiful building that took 10 years to build, primarily because they kept running out of money.
What a unique chain to wait in line for tickets.
The Wardens office was placed in the front of the building so he could see the front gate and be prepared when the state was coming to see him.
Look closely at these bars. The movie people wanted bars installed in this window so they used wood and a few nails to hold the bars in place.
Looking out through the bars.
The walls and ceilings are peeling badly.
This X is the light coming from windows in the rooms. This building was built to perfection and designed to make this image from the daylight. If you stepped in the center of the X it was considered very bad luck.
The Chapel where inmates were required to attend until money started getting tight.
The central guard room.
The cells are very small and held two inmates.
We were told we could go into the cells but not to shut the doors. They do not have keys and if we should get locked inside a cell they have to call a special locksmith from Columbus Ohio. The locksmith charges $2,500 to get you out and you have to pay the charge!
A spiral staircase.
Cells were five or six floors high.
The brick structures on the lower right are heat vents. The heat came from underground tunnels. I asked if anyone ever escaped in the tunnels and she said no, however, an inmate was found dead in one tunnel once.
This was a shower room. When the movie was being filmed they insisted on having water come out of the shower heads. Since there was no water hooked up to them anymore, they placed a fire truck outside of the window and connected a fire hose to get water into the water line. The water was 35 degrees at the time. They needed the water to look steamy so they put dry ice in the grates.
Solitary Confinement cells looked cleaner than the regular inmate cells to me.
Do you see the gray painted area on the floor? This was the area the guards walked, under the overhang, so that the inmates in the upper floors couldn’t throw things down at the guards as they patrolled every hour.
Old picture of the reformatory.
I am hoping to share one more day trip that I will be taking with my husband. I promise to bring back my recipes soon.