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.
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!