US law firm converts old jail


Presumably in a bid to get closer to its potential client base, a US law firm has converted an old jail into its new office space.

The office of US firm Woods and Woods is now located in the old Vanderburgh County Jail in Evansville, Indiana. Such a conversion would certainly be unheard of among commercial property agents in London – but anything goes on the other side of the Atlantic, or so it would seem.

The building was built in 1890 and was modelled after a German castle. It has been honoured with a historical marker by the Indiana Historical Bureau, and was scene of one of the state’s most infamous race riots, in 1903.

Numerous people were injured in the riots and 12 people died.

Standing empty between 1967 and 1994, Woods and Woods moved into the building in 2004 and continues to pay a business lease on the second floor to county administrators.

The company’s offices still have bars over the windows – and several cells remain in original condition.