Behind Closed Cells: The Architecture of Canada's Jails and Prisons

Photo: Nicholas St Jail, Library and Archives Canada, A-012371

Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 19:00 to 20:00


For over a century, the intimidating architecture of Canadian prisons inspired sentences to be carried out in solitude and silence.

Set within Ottawa's own historic jail, this lecture will focus on the 19th and early 20th centuries to illustrate how architecture was a critical tool for commmunicating changing ideas regarding criminals and their confinement.


Brittney Anne Bos, PhD Candidate, "Places of Solitude and Silence"

Admission: $10 at the door. Limited seating available.

Cocktail hour with a cash bar begins at 6:00 pm. There will be additional social time after the lecture.

In event of rain, the lecture will be held indoors at Mugshots, in the Jail cellars.


Ottawa Jail Hostel Courtyard
75 Nicholas Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B9
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