Charles Street Jail to Become The Liberty Hotel
This here is a rendering of the Liberty Hotel in Boston. Over the summer, the Carpenter & Company announced that they were taking the old Charles Street jail and turning into a hotel which they have now decided to call Liberty. See? The hotel industry does have a sense of humor. (Note: UK Chain Mal Maison did this too in Oxford.)
Set to open in the summer of 2007 after $120 million in renovations and constructions, the Liberty Hotel will be a four-star luxury hotel with 300 guestrooms, including 10 suites with dramatic river views, three venues for a restaurant and bars, and 6,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
Since the jail is an old landmark, the developers are doing their best to keep it intact:
The original 1851 granite jail structure is being carefully preserved and restored. The commanding, 90-foot central rotunda is now complemented with a new cupola, built according to the original design which was never implemented to save construction costs. Among the dramatic features being preserved are historic catwalks linking public spaces, vestiges of jail cells within the hotel lobby bar and magnificent, oversized windows.
A newly constructed 16-story wing will also be added to round out the hotel space. And when it's all finished, we may not mind doing time here. (Har, har.)
· Boston's Charles Street Jail to be Reborn as the Liberty Hotel [Earthtimes.org]
· Newest Malmaison opening in Oxford [HotelChatter]