7 Things You Didn’t Know About Prison Break’s Filming

Jan 13, 2017


Returning this April 2017, after being off air for 7 years, 20th Century’s Fox Television’s Prison Break has its cult-like followers on the edge of their seats! However, we’ve got inside info on the television serial drama that even their devotees are unaware of… Yes we all know that first season of the series was shot in “Fox River State Penitentiary”, but how many of you know its real-life counterpart, Joliet Correctional Center, Illinois? If you somehow happen to know this, do you also know it was an abandoned jail after paying its dues for a century and a half? Read on for more such interesting facts on the insides of this monumental piece of work! 

  • Surrounded by 25-foot-high limestone walls topped with razor wire, Joliet Correctional Center covers 20 acres of land. The once self-sustaining compound consists of 24 buildings, including guard towers, cellblocks, administration buildings, light industrial facilities, a hospital, laundry, cafeteria, chapel and gymnasium. As an aftermath of years of neglect and vandalism, many of the structures are severely deteriorated.

Joliet Correctional Center - Prison Break 

  • Thick blankets of ivy cover the walls and fences. Although not tended to, these beautiful vine-like plants give the abandoned building a refreshingly vintage look.

Ivy Blankets - Joliet Correctional Center - Prison Break 

  • The prison compound itself is not open to the public, but the parking lot has been transformed into the Old Joliet Prison Park. Visitors can enjoy a view of the castle-like main structure and read about the prison's history on a handful of informational signs. Now that is quite a walk in the park!

Old Joliet Prison Park - Joliet Correctional Center 

  • Setting your first foot into the prison fills you with awe and surprise, with the spacious entrance, elegant arched doorways and ornate wrought iron staircases.

Arch Doorways & Iron Wrought Stairways - Joliet Correctional Center - Prison Break 

  • To step the sophistication quotient of the prison up, some of the rooms even had marble fireplaces! No wonder this jail was fashionably suited for the shooting of TV series…

Marble Fireplace - Joliet Correctional Center - Prison Break 

  • The pendant lights and wooden wall art are yet another example of the prison’s Victorian design and architecture.

Pendant lights - neo-gothic, victorian design - Prison Break 

  • For being an unconventionally stunning prison of the times and housing prisoners of the Civil War, it was featured in other movies and television shows such as The Blue Brothers, Let’s Go To Prison and Bones, and mentioned in popular tunes like Percy’s Song by Bob Dylan, Joliet Bound by Memphis Minnie, and Lincoln Park Pirates by Steve Goodman.

Bones TV Series - Joliet Prison - Prison Break

Bones - TV Series  

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