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Palermo Jail

Times change, and neighborhoods are also and part of our history.

Times change, and neighborhoods are changing. Who would say that in the heart of Palermo, on the current avenues Las Heras and Coronel Díaz, a prison was running until a few decades ago? Between 1877 and 1962 the National Penitentiary building operated there, where some 700 inmates lived and witnessed several firings and some attempted escape, with tunnels and everything. Juan Moreira and “The Petiso Orejudo” . Among the shot, the anarchists Paulino Scarfó and Severino Di Giovanni and General Juan José Valle . As directors of the prison were Enrique O' Gorman (Camila's brother), Reynaldo Parravicini (father of actor Florencio) and Roberto Pettinato (yes, father of the musician and conductor). Penitentiary  was changing over the years and prison began to disentonate with the new neighborhood that was settling. If before there were many boliches frequented by malandras and cutleros, now it had become a residential neighborhood where little had to see such a building. In 1961 the prison stopped working and, the following year, it began with its demolition. In that 10-hectare site there are currently Las Heras Park, three schools and some football fields. They say, however, that part of that construction remains underground: the remains of the history of a city that is always built layer by layer.

Publication Date: 20/10/2018

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