In the course of our daily reporting, we often uncover unusual projects, places, or connections that don't make the final cut. Instead of keeping it to ourselves, we're pleased to share our weeky architrivia. 

Miami-Dade County Courthouse, image by Flickr user Jupiter Firelyte via Creative Commons

While investigating some archival photos of the Miami-Dade County Courthouse (keep your eyes peeled for tomorrow's Throwback Thursday!), we were intrigued to learn that the building began its life as a combination courthouse/city hall with city and county jails occupying floors 14 through 25. The jails were accessed by a special elevator that travelled directly to the basement, and officials believed that the height of the facility would keep prisoners inside. According to Wikipedia, more than 70 prisoners were ultimately able to escape from the maximum security elevated jail.

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