When Eastern State opened in 1829, it did not look like any other building in Philadelphia. In fact, the prison, which was the largest building in the United States at the time, was two miles outside of the city. Since the building itself was intended to deter crime, Eastern State was designed to resemble a medieval or gothic castle. Architect John Haviland said that the building should "strike fear into the hearts of those who thought of committing a crime." Today the prison is in downtown Philadelphia.

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