Don Jail Cell Bars

Own a piece of Toronto history. These  Don Jail Cell bars are a unique testament to days gone by.

The Don Jail ,originally built between 1858 and 1864, was the largest jail in North America at the time. It originally was designed to hold 264 prisoners but soon came to hold an average of 620 prisoners at one time.

An estimated 34 men were executed at the Don before capital punishment was abolished in 1976. Overcrowding and inhumane conditions finally led to the closing of the older part of ‘The Don’ in 1977. The entire facility was closed in 2013.

These 2 pieces are over 150 years old. If these bars could talk, what manner of stories could they tell.

56 by 42 inches. It’s hard to measure because the top is round.