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Ohio State Reformatory, Mansfield

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The cornerstone laid on November 4, 1886 evolved into this magnificent Chateauesque structure. Cleveland architect Levi T. Scofield designed the Ohio State Reformatory using a combination of three architectural styles; Victorian Gothic, Richardsonian Romanesque and Queen Anne. This was done to encourage inmates back to a "rebirth" of their spiritual lives. The architecture itself inspired them to turn away from their sinful lifestyle, and toward repentance

The Reformatory doors were opened to its first 150 young offenders in September 1896. After housing over 155,000 men in its lifetime, the doors to the prison closed December 31, 1990.

Today the Ohio State Reformatory Historic Site receives visitors from all over the world. Every year tourists, movie buffs, thrill seekers and paranormal investigators walk through the halls of this majestic structure.
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  • We did the self guided tour. ( I can not comment on the blood prison tour, two completely different tours). It was worth the stop. Amazing structure that was a part of American history. You have decen...  more »
  • This is an awesome place to go with the whole family. You can spend a few hours here and have a blast. The time goes by fast. Seeing the movie first make it even better. Highly recommend. A++. The gui...  more »
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  • This place is so beautiful and unique. If you are in Mansfield, this is a place you should visit. I highly recommend the tours. Keep warm because is very cold!
  • Excellent tours. Astoundingly beautiful building. Very reasonable tour prices. Great, easy, day or overnight trip from Pittsburgh area. Lots of great eating and drinking places in Mansfield too.

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