Once a jail, now Liberty Hotel in Boston

28 Nov

Every once in a while I visit a repurposed space that wows. That is how I feel about Boston’s Liberty Hotel. The Beacon Hill landmark is an excellent example of preserving history and architecture while creating a modern space that is fully utilized. Formerly the Charles Street Jail, the building was remarkable at its completion in 1851, with four wings extending from a 90-foot rotunda and cupola. Today the atrium space remains striking, with the original 30 oversized, arched windows bringing (moon)light to the lobby and bar area. You can also see steel bars and other vestiges of the early jail cells.

A luxury property, the Liberty Hotel may be out of budget for some. But no matter how imprisoned you are by your salary, it’s well worth a visit just to have a drink—or a meal in the CLINK.

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