Carpenter & Company redeveloped Boston’s historic Charles Street Jail into the four-star Liberty Hotel. The Liberty sits at the foot of Beacon Hill, Boston’s most affluent and charming neighborhood. The Liberty opened in 2007, following a complete renovation of the landmark Jail that was originally constructed in 1851. In addition to the adaptive re-use of the Jail building, the project included the construction of a new 16-story guestroom wing. The Liberty contains a total of 298 guestrooms, two restaurants, two bars, a ballroom and meeting space.

The Liberty project involved careful coordination with Massachusetts General Hospital, whose extensive campus is adjacent to the site. MGH, which is one of the world’s leading hospitals, is the owner of the site, which it ground leased to a Carpenter affiliate.

The Liberty project also required careful coordination with the City of Boston and the neighborhoods surrounding the site. Boston is a challenging city in which to obtain permits and approvals for development projects, in large part because the neighborhoods care passionately about development and its impacts. Carpenter prides itself on its ability to work cooperatively with governmental agencies and neighborhood groups to create projects of lasting value that win the endorsement of the municipalities and neighborhoods in which they are located.


  • Gold List, Conde Nast Traveler
  • Best Business Hotel, Travel + Leisure
  • Reader’s Choice Award: Top Hotels, Conde Nast Traveller
  • Best New Business Hotels, Fortune Magazine
  • Hot List, Conde Nast Traveller
  • Sexiest Hotels in America, ForbesTraveller
  • Awards for Excellence Finalist, Urban Land Institute
  • Development of the Year Finalist, The Americas Lodging Investment Summit
  • Modernization Awards Grand Prize, Building Magazine
  • Gold Key for Excellence, Interior Design and HOTELS magazines
  • Preservation Award, Massachusetts Historical Commission
  • Preservation Award, Bostonian Society
  • Achievement Award, Boston Preservation Alliance
  • Preservation Award, Victorian Society of America
  • Judges’ Award, National Housing & Rehabilitation Association