SHEDDING ITS DARK PAST, HISTORIC DON JAIL PUTS ON A HAPPY FACE

Built in 1864, the DON JAIL has become the administration centre for a brand new hospital – Bridgepoint Health.  On the ground floor, the rotunda with its skylight and recently uncovered glass floor, is the highlight.  On the second level, walkways are held up by wrought-iron gargoyles (dragons and snakes).  A group of cells and the gallows have been retained in their original state in the basement.<PHOTOS – “Father Time” peering down over the front entranceway which had been closed for more than 30 years; and the rotunda with its skylight, soon to become a public gallery and a place for lectures, community and hospital events.>

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