The Liberty Hotel

Cambridge Seven Associates, working with preservation architect Ann Beha Architects, transformed former Charles Street Jail into a new four-star hotel. Through restoration, reuse and reinvention, this abandoned structure was reborn as a vital commercial development that incorporated historically significant elements of the building and now complements the urban fabric of its Beacon Hill neighborhood. Developed by Carpenter & Company, The Liberty Hotel is a full service hotel that features 298 guest rooms, a conference facility, meeting rooms, a ballroom, health club, lounge, restaurants and other attractive amenities.

Boston’s Liberty Hotel: A Captivating Destination


For nearly 150 years, prisoners dreamed of the day they’d be out of this building. Now tourists are dreaming of they day they’ll be in it. Once Boston’s infamous Charles Street Jail, it re-opened in September after a five-year, $150 …

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Travel back in time at restored, historic hotels


Saved from the wrecking ball, old establishments see new renovations There’s an old saying that if you can’t remember the past, you’re doomed to repeat it. But when it comes to hotels, if you do remember the past, and have …

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New hotel revels in jailhouse past

Boston Globe

With the Clink restaurant and Alibi bar, the Liberty is guilty of lacking subtlety “Just make it jail-like.” Architect Gary Johnson of the firm Cambridge Seven Associates says that was the word from the National Park Service, spoken when he …

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From crooks and killers to martinis and wine


(NECN/ABC) – It’s a place where the rich and famous check in and stay. But, years ago, the infamous could not wait to get out. Boston’s Liberty Hotel now provides swanky lodging, but it used to be a notorious jail, …

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Transform it, and They Will Come

Interiors & Sources

Once a historic prison, the newly designed Liberty Hotel in Boston melds 19th century architecture with contemporary design that honors the past New four-star hotels aren’t necessarily big news. But when one opens in a historical space, say, a 19th …

CultureNOW Podcast: The Liberty Hotel


Listen to a podcast by C7A Principal Gary Johnson about the history of the Charles Street Jail and its transformation into The Liberty Hotel. Description The former Charles Street Jail, a national historic landmark, has been transformed into a new …

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A Room for the Night (Not 40 to Life)

New York Times

The hulking granite building overlooking the Charles River housed some of this city’s most notorious criminals for more than a century, but it will soon provide luxury accommodations for some of the most well-heeled visitors. The transformation of the Charles …

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