Maison d’Arrêt Cellulaire

THE ABANDONED PRISON IN FRANCE


‘Maison d’Arrêt Cellulaire’ is an abandoned prison in Loos, a small city near Lille. The prison was built in the early 1900s and was demolished in 2017.

The decision to build a new prison in Lille, was taken in 1826. There was even a architect, but works were never started. It was not until April 1879 that the question of prisons came back. The General Council asked for the construction of a prison near the existing, too small prison Maison Centrale.

On September 1, 1906, the Loos prison was finally home to its first detainees. Architect Carlos Drummer designed the building. It has five wings of two floors, each wing offers a capacity of 350 beds. It housed convicted prisoners serving long sentences and also hosts the most difficult inmates or those who are considered to have little chance of rehabilitation.

In 2010 a new jail is built in the region. As a result ‘Maison d’Arrêt Cellulaire’ was abandoned in 2011. I photographed the old prison in 2013. The prison was demolished in 2017.

Built 1906
Abandoned 2011
Demolished 2017
Maison d’Arrêt Cellulaire
Maison d’Arrêt Cellulaire
Maison d’Arrêt Cellulaire
Maison d’Arrêt Cellulaire
Maison d’Arrêt Cellulaire
Maison d’Arrêt Cellulaire
Maison d’Arrêt Cellulaire
Maison d’Arrêt Cellulaire
Maison d’Arrêt Cellulaire
Maison d’Arrêt Cellulaire
Maison d’Arrêt Cellulaire
Maison d’Arrêt Cellulaire
Maison d’Arrêt Cellulaire
Maison d’Arrêt Cellulaire

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