By Sandy Lykins
The restoration of the assistant warden's living quarters, also known as Warden Norton's office in the Shawshank Redemption, was finalized in May of 2017. The intricate restoration process involved the skilled restoration staff's intensive labor for three months. Notice the deteriorated condition of the ceiling and floor, serving as a memory from the reformatory's forgotten history.
The restoration process required removing and replacing the entire floor, including subframe. According to the restoration crew's lead craftsman, Bill Sample, the dilapidated ceiling was extracted and repaired. In fact, the entire room was gutted, except for the walls, and restored back to the condition the room was in the day the Shawshank Redemption filming began. Even wood grain was painted in the woodwork by Jeff Bell to match the more expensive style depicted in the movie.
The Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society and countless visitors are thankful for the skilled efforts of the Ohio State Reformatory's restoration staff in bringing this deteriorated, collapsing room back to life.
The Ohio State Reformatory is open 11am-4pm daily.
$19 per person for self-guided tours (Labor Day-November 17th), $35 per person for guided tours.
The tour route is adjusted Labor Day-November 17th due to the Blood Prison Haunted House setup. A $6 discount will be offered on self-guided tickets during this time. Guided tours will still be 90-minutes long and are still full-price, but the tour visits different areas than normal. There is no access to solitary confinement, the ground floor of the cell blocks, the showers, or the bullpen. If you want full access to the tour route, please plan to attend outside of this window.
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