Boston's former Charles Street Jail, a historic landmark that once housed infamous criminals including Jack the Ripper, challenged Champalimaud's creativity. Carpenter & Co., the owners, commissioned Champalimaud, to create a vibrant, luxury hotel within this imposing granite fortress. Beginning with its name, The Liberty represents a surprising counterpoint to a history of confinement.
Champalimaud focused on themes of life, community, and renewal as the basis for repositioning this historic property, inserting humorous and sometimes mischievous references as a playful response to the hotel's austere backdrop. The hotel includes 273 guestrooms, 31 suites, two ballrooms and two restaurants, all designed to create an authentic connection to the surrounding Beacon Hill neighborhood and attract both local patrons and visitors from far and wide.
Guests ascend from the entrance lobby and reception area to private rooms through a grand, central nine- story atrium that was once a cellblock. Existing granite interior features have been softened with contemporary finishes and fabrics, and large murals in the lobby represent the Tree of Life. In the hotel's guestrooms, throws and bed skirts are inspired by packing blankets, and the custom artwork includes fingerprint-themed murals and celebrity mug shots. Patterns and colors throughout evoke 19th century palates and the original architectural ironwork of the building and its neighborhood.
An immediate success, The Liberty has become a social hub in Boston's Beacon Hill. Champalimaud was awarded a Best New Hotel Gold Key for the complete transformation of the former Charles Street Jail into a luxurious destination.