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Exploring Carceral Architecture in the Adirondacks
March 3, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Queensborough Community College Assistant Professor of History and North Country native Clarence Jefferson Hall will discuss the subject matter of his recent book, A Prison in the Woods: Environment and Incarceration in New York’s North Country, which explores the intersection of prisons and the environmental conservation movement in the Adirondack Park. From the mid-19th century to the present, New York State and federal corrections planners have adapted existing Adirondack infrastructure into sites of incarceration, including former rehabilitative spaces for Tuberculosis curing in Gabriels and Ray Brook.
These and other carceral complexes like the historic Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, boast rich and significant architectural legacies. Dr. Hall will deliver a presentation on the role of architecture and reuse in the intersecting histories of Adirondack prisons, and their profound connection to North Country communities. His presentation will be followed by a Q&A.
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