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Jail House Rock

by habituallychic

09 . 04 . 07

I visited a very historic place this past weekend, but until I get my act together and download my photos, I thought I would tell you about a fun new hotel in Boston. I used to live in the Beacon Hill neighborhood for many years but for some reason, I don’t remember the Charles Street jail. It’s not a place I walked by everyday but I’m certainly taking note of it now that it’s been turned into the fabulously chic Liberty Hotel.

There will be iron bars on the first two floors of the building, including the ballroom. The prison guard catwalks, which once flanked the cell blocks, now overlook the lobby and were described by the new owner as a great place for people watching…although now they probably won’t have guns pointed at you this time.

Completed in 1851 by the architect Gridley James Fox Bryant on a site at the foot of Beacon Hill, the Charles Street Jail is a national, state and city landmark. The designation obligated the developers to keep such details as the bars, shown above, on the first and second floors. The sleeping arrangements will be a bit more hospitable than previously as well. There will be 18 guestrooms in the old building shown below and 300 more rooms available in a new tower adjoining the old jail building.

While the rooms in the old jail have exposed brick and bars, the rooms in the new tower are not reflective of the jail except for references in interior design, as in the imprints of jail bars on the custom draperies below. Let’s just hope they updated the bathrooms too!
Photos by Erik Jacobs

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  1. patriciagrayinc.com September 4, 2007 | 2:51 pm

    Wow…the Designers have done a great job of converting this former jail into a Chic Hotel. But I wonder about any lingering engeries there. It certainly is a beautiful building architecturally.

  2. ALL THE BEST September 4, 2007 | 2:59 pm

    How cool. I was wondering the same thing Patricia…

  3. Habitually Chic September 4, 2007 | 3:03 pm

    I guess if you’re worried about ghosts from the past or bad energy, you can always stay in the new tower.

  4. Brilliant Asylum September 4, 2007 | 3:22 pm

    How cool. I have never been to Boston, so this may be the place to stay! Thanks for the info.

  5. Habitually Chic September 4, 2007 | 3:29 pm

    Brilliant Asylum, you should definitely take a trip to Boston! It’s such a beautiful city, esp. in the fall. It’s also a great walking city!

  6. Suzy September 5, 2007 | 6:07 am

    Wow, looks like a very intersting place to stay!

  7. Cote de Texas September 5, 2007 | 10:13 am

    The original building has so many beautiful windows, you don’t see that in jails or prisons anymore. That one picture of the room with the beautiful window I wonder if that’s a room in the prison or the new tower?
    Great post.