By Ira Nadel, Donald MacDonald
Shrouded in secret and wealthy with background, Alcatraz attracts over 1000000 viewers every year. This enlightening quantity presents the 1st whole historical past of Alcatraz informed 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 poultry sanctuaries. jam-packed with exciting proof all through, this little treasure permits an unparalleled glimpse into the lifetime of the island.
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Figure 22) The construction, which was cheaper than bringing buried nineteenth-century gun batteries served in replacements from the mainland. This partly as foundations for the prison and Industrial explains the sometimes hodgepodge construc- Building built along the island’s perimeter. tion materials and designs. Broken Citadel But using recycled material in the con- bricks were mixed into concrete destined for the struction of the cellhouse created later prob- cellhouse. And interior iron staircases from the lems.
The main stairs in the hall leading from the basement to the roof (all iron in the soldiers barracks, and iron frame with wooden treads and risers in the Officers Quarters) have [also] been finished. Opposite: Figures 23 & 24 Below: Figure 25 or the popular fish-scale shingles might be peak, it became the most visible structure 37 featured. A variety of buildings on Alcatraz on the island, seen from throughout the bay. display these features, from the nineteenth- When the army engineers began to build on century Officers’ Quarters to storerooms Alcatraz, a lighthouse was the priority: Sitting CHAPTER 3 (later torn down).
To many, the Rock took on the look of an announced on radio that the government would build a new ocean liner. ” When the army deactivated the military facility, most ing this time did not wear striped convict’s uniforms, and they of the prisoners transferred to either the federal prison in appeared curiously disarrayed for a military complex. A large Leavenworth, Kansas, or Fort Jay in New Jersey. But thirty-two P on the back of the shirts, jackets, and hats of their obsolete of the worst offenders remained behind, now in the care of the military uniforms identified the military prisoners.
Alcatraz: History and Design of an Icon by Ira Nadel, Donald MacDonald