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

By Ira Nadel, Donald MacDonald

Shrouded in secret and wealthy with historical past, Alcatraz attracts over one million viewers every year. This enlightening quantity presents the 1st entire background of Alcatraz informed via its structure. In pleasant illustrations and available textual content, authors Donald MacDonald and Ira Nadel exhibit the layout judgements that experience formed the island from its first brick and masonry citadel to the notorious concrete cellblock, to the panorama layout of its modern gardens and fowl sanctuaries. choked with fascinating evidence all through, this little treasure permits an remarkable glimpse into the lifetime of the island.

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Figures 35–36) Demolition of the original 1854 building occurred in 1912. And by 1939, coast guard personnel replaced civilian keepers; by 1963, the lighthouse became an automated station, the light evolving from whale oil to kerosene to electricity. In 1970, during the American CHAPTER 4 C H A PFTREOR M ONE W H AT ’S F O RTI R E S S T O N A PNA RM I SEO? S. soldiers convicted of crimes in the Philip- 45 pines. In 1909, the brick Citadel was torn down, but the entire CHAPTER 4 The prisoners are crazed with fear every time any unusual outside noise is made at night, fearing fire and that they will be burned to death.

Figure 24) The Queen Anne style flourished in San Francisco at the end of the nineteenth century as well and can be seen today on homes in the Western Addition neighborhood. Characterizing this style was classical ornamentation combined with medieval forms, shaped shingles, spoolwork, foliated plasterwork, and Architecturally, the island echoed the mainland, estab- irregular, gabled, hipped, and conical roofs. (Figure 25) Material lishing a kind of symbolic bridge stretching one and a quarter emphasized varied surface textures, and entrance designs often miles over open water.

Bridge players ended. Inmates were sequestered on Alcatraz until they stopped sat in special corners in the recreation area that were protected being troublemakers, then they were transferred back to their old from the wind. Using specifically marked dominoes on a special prisons. Over the twenty-nine years that Alcatraz operated as a board, the bridge players sat on cotton-stuffed cushions playing federal penitentiary, the highest number of prisoners at one time on small tables. A former inmate, Jim Quillen, reported that was 342, the lowest 222.

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