31 in 31 of Your Favorite Buildings in Boston: #18

Suffolk County Jail (The Charles Street Jail), Charles Street at Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114

Gridley J. Fox Bryant, 1851

I was inspired to highlight 31 buildings in Boston in 31 days after the architecture blog A Daily Dose of Architecture . Not only was I going to highlight 31 buildings, but 31 of Bostonian’s favorite buildings. This is the series.

About the Suffolk County Jail (The Charles Street Jail):

If you’ve never been to jail, not to worry because the Suffolk County Jail (Charles Street Jail) has been beautifully rehabilitated into a world class hotel by Cambridge Seven Associates with Ann Beha Architects. “Be Captivated” by the Charles Street Jail; an architectural icon in the city of Boston designed by Gridley J. Fox Bryant which became significant for many reasons, including its cruciform plan which served as the model for other prisons across the country.

There have been many articles written on the prison and its conversion into a hotel, you can read them on the Liberty Hotel’s website.

Photo: Historic American Buildings Survey

One Comment Add yours

  1. toddlarson says:

    I’ve been in the Liberty Hotel several times, and this is indeed a splendid reuse of a jail. C7A carved out the old brick-and-granite interior into a stunning social atrium (the original jail was built around the atrium concept, to provide all cells with more light from wall-height windows) while preserving some of the spirit of the old jail: a few original cell windows, new iron gallery rails, exposed brick and granite. But you don’t feel boxed in, as the original inmates didn’t!

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