THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, a popular movie about a prisoner's journey from despair to hope, was derived from a fictional tale but the prison setting was real. I came across the original film location at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, not far from Cleveland. The striking stone architecture was so out of place from the surrounding rural countryside buildings that it attracted me as it was intended to, since it was created to inspire those who were housed here.
Opened as a youth reformatory in 1886, the complex was designed to encourage inmates to turn away from their sinful lifestyle and move toward the road to repentance. The architectural style is a combination of Gothic, Romanesque, and Queen Anne -- presenting a surreal fairytale appearance.
During its hundred-year lifetime about 155,000 prisoners called this home, as the prison doors permanently closed in 1990. Now it's open for daily tours and avid movie buffs to visit. It is quite inspirational to personally experience the conditions that the movie characters played by Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins actually lived through.
"Fear can hold you prisoner.
Hope can set you free."
- Shawshank Redemption
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