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Liberty Hotel Boston

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Address
215 Charles Street, Boston, MA
United States of America
Telephone
+1 617.224.4000

Description

Completed in 1851, the original building was a collaboration between architect Gridley James Fox Bryant, widely considered Boston’s most accomplished architect of the time, and Rev. Louis Dwight, a prominent Yale-educated penologist whose travels shaped his interest in and advocacy for prison reform. Thought to be one of the best examples of the “Boston Granite Style” of the mid-19th century, the building “resonated with a strength and dignity appropriate for the era and for Bostonians’ sensibilities,” said historians.

In 1973, after 120 years of housing some of Boston’s most notorious criminals, prisoners revolted because of poor living conditions and the jail was declared unfit and in violation of the inmates’ constitutional rights. On Memorial Day weekend 1990, the last prisoners were moved to the new Suffolk County Jail. In 1991, Massachusetts General Hospital acquired the obsolete property and sought proposals for its reuse, requiring that significant elements of the building be preserved. In 2001, Carpenter & Company was designated the developer of the project and entered into a lease agreement with MGH for the land and the jail itself.

Bryant had initially drafted a dramatic cupola, designed to bring further light and air into the rotunda. Unfortunately, it was a focal point that, at the time of the building’s construction, was reduced in size to save money. In 1949, it was removed altogether. In one of many restoration decisions, the cupola was painstakingly rebuilt based on Bryant’s original design.

The transformation of the site into a hotel is the work of a team of designers and architects collaborating with historians and conservationists from the Massachusetts Historical Commission, the Boston Landmarks Commission, the National Park Service and the Boston Redevelopment Authority to ensure that the end result is a careful balance between preservation and dynamic new use.

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General Facilities: 24-hours security, AC, Airport transfer, Breakfast restaurant, Connecting room, Family room, Laundry service, Luggage Storage, Meeting facilities, Parking, Room service, Safety deposit box, Smoking area
in-room Facilities Cable TV, Coffee/Tea maker, Complimentary bottled water, Hair dryer, Hot water shower, Refrigerator, Shower, TV
Internet Access Free WiFi

Location

United States of America
215 Charles Street, Boston, MA

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Advert ID: 17
Hits: 1295
Expires: 2025-11-21 20:51:00
In categories: Hotels

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