"During construction, they poured the top floor first and raised it up to build the floor below it. This process was repeated for each floor." Can anyone verify this? It sounds ridiculous.
I know it sounds crazy but I remember reading it on some kind of "Facts about Johnstone" poster or something that was posted in Johnstone (where I did time there 2000-2001, cell 232 block E). If it wasn't so ridiculus sounding I wouldn't have even remembered it. The poster said that it was the only (or maybe the first) building in the world to be built that way; it also mentioned that the metal for the walls came from scrapped WWII stuff like tanks. I am assuming that the info I read in Johnstone was researched and correct, but I would welcome any further verification.
- Indeed, I've heard it as well - Johnstone was a pioneering construction in this regard. Not sure where I saw it, though I'm sure a Google of the appropriate terms can provide some information. -levine
I lived in Johnstone Hall for most of my time from 1971 to 1975. In the fall of 1971, I complained to my neighbor across the hall about radios while I was studying. He said if I didn't like the radio while I was studying, why didn't I turn it off. I said that wasn't mine, that's the one next door. I grew up in the country with lots of quiet. I considered the Tin Cans - as they were known - just short of a slum with clear floors. They were an embarrassment.