Boston, Massachusetts


ABA served as the Preservation Architect for the adaptive reuse of the historic Charles Street Jail into the Liberty Hotel. With a project that sought historic tax credits, the team worked with numerous agencies, including the Massachusetts Historical Commission, the Boston Landmarks Commission, the National Park Service, and the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

ABA guided the exterior and interior restoration of this historic jail, working with Massachusetts General Hospital, Carpenter & Company, and Cambridge Seven Associates. The central rotunda was restored, forming the core of the hotel and featuring the building’s trademark windows. All of the hotel’s public spaces are located within the historic building, including the reception lobby, restaurants, bars, and grand ballroom. This project received awards from the Victorian Society in America, the Massachusetts Historical Commission, and the Boston Preservation Alliance.

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Project Size: 239,000 sf

Project Team: Pamela W. Hawkes FAIA, Ric Panciera AIA (ABA, Preservation Architect); Cambridge Seven Associates (Lead Architect); Weidlinger Associates Inc. (Structural); Shooshanian Engineering Co. (MEP); Building Conservation Associates (Conservation Consultant); Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (Landscape / Civil); Fort Point Associates (Environmental / Permitting); Steve McHugh Architect / Wil-Spec (Specifications); C.M. Kling & Associates, Inc. (Lighting); Peter Vanderwarker (Photography)