The Liberty Hotel
The transformation of Boston’s mid-19th century Charles Street Jail into the luxurious 300-room Liberty Hotel required collaboration between the design team and an army of historians to strike a balance between preservation of the property and a dynamic new use.
- Cognizant that the bathroom would be the most highly scrutinized aspect of the overall guest room experience, Cambridge Seven senior associate Jim Puopolo placed significant emphasis on ensuring that the guest bathrooms would be both visually unique and functional. Said Puopolo, “While there would be no effort spared in creating a superb bathroom experience, cost was still a consideration. Aside from a design perspective, we all agreed on a clean, modern, minimalist look.”
- The Symmons Design Studio™ offered a customized solution at a reasonable cost. According to Puopolo, the process of working with Symmons was virtually seamless. “When the Symmons representative met with us, we discussed exactly what we didn’t like about the fittings and accessories that had originally been proposed from another vendor,” he explained. “Then we told them exactly what we were looking for, and they just stepped to the plate and made the appropriate modifications to the existing design.”
- Working with Cambridge Seven to create the interior designs for the hotel was Winston Kong of Alexandra Champilmaud & Associates. Kong relayed, “For the project we wanted a purist industrial look for the bathroom fixtures that were true to the heritage of the property.” Added Kong, “Symmons was easily able to make the needed adjustments with Design Studio and their product was interchangeable with the behind the wall specifications established.”
- In 2007 Puopolo praised Symmons’ ability to translate input from multiple sources into one viable concept. “Everyone had some idea of how the fittings should look – us, the general contractor, the plumbing contractor, and obviously the owner,” he said. “It couldn’t have been easy to incorporate everyone’s thoughts into the final design, but Symmons managed to do it. The second we looked at the prototype design, we were all happy.”