Old Knox County Jail
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Knox County's 19th-century jail is a peculiar marriage of residential and institutional architecture wrapped up in a single well-proportioned and finely detailed building. The residential portion of the building, which housed the jailer, his family, and female prisoners, is a classic Victorian interior of high-ceilinged rooms arranged around a central hall and staircase connecting the home's two floors. In the back half of the building, three tiers of individual cells and their hardware survive as intact examples of late 19th-century practices of incarceration and punishment. The residential portion of the building was renovated in 1996. The cellblock remains as originally built.
Knox County Jail [Knox College]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1992.