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Title Richmond Co. Jail, Richmond, S.I.
Object Name Postcard
Date ca. 1910
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original color postcard. Diagonal side view of the Richmond County Jail at Richmond, Staten Island. It is a three-story brick building with bars on the windows; at left is a one-story enclosed passageway. Printed inscription at top: "Richmond Co. Jail, Richmond, S.I." Reverse side has a divided back. Printed on reverse: "POST CARD / COMMUNICATIONS / ADDRESS / I. Stern, New York -- Made in Germany." Upper right corner has a space for a 1 cent stamp.
(Keywords: HRT, New York City, Early Twentieth Century)
Print size 3.375 x 5.375
Ownership and History This postcard shows the new Richmond County Jail that was constructed in 1904-1905, replacing an earlier structure. The design of the new jail reflected a growing national concern for the health and welfare of prisoners. The jail was closed in 1953 and demolished by the City of New York in 1959.

In the publication "Report of the President of the Borough of Richmond, 1905," the new structure was described as a "first class jail" containing 64 cells, with the women's prison located on the third floor. There were separate areas for juveniles and civil prisoners, plus a detention room in the basement which the report noted was commonly called the "tramp room." The total cost of construction was $113,000.
Earliest Date 1907
Latest Date 1912
Subjects Jails
Government facilities
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number PH01.0189
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, June 2016.
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