We've all heard about it. We've walked by it. We may have looked around the lobby. Let's go there! It's the Liberty Hotel, the luxury boutique hotel that was converted out of the Old Charles Street Jail opening up Summer of 2007. I've contacted the general manager and yes, they have a short 15 minute filmstrip talking about the Charles Street Jail, and they will follow that with a short 15 minute tour for the Nerd Fun group.
Dinner Reservations have been made for 15 at "The Clink" on-site. This restaurant -- set in the old jail -- seems to have had a rough start at first, judging from the reviews on Yelp.Com, is kinda pricy with the drinks, but, heck, I still want to go. It seems to be getting good reviews after the first year in business. Tapas Style Plates. Somwhat Asian-style.
About the Charles Street Jail:
"The jail was proposed by Mayor Martin Brimmer in his 1843 inaugural address as a replacement for the Leverett Street Jail which was built in 1822. The city of Boston assumed functions not normally performed by a city or town but at the county level, which allowed Mayor Brimmer to be a key player in the jail's planning and development.
"The jail was constructed between[masked] to plans by architect Gridley James Fox Bryant with prison reformer Rev. Louis Dwight, who designed it according to the humanitarian scheme of the 1790s Auburn Plan pioneered in England. The original jail was built in a cross with four wings of Quincy granite extending from a central, octagonal rotunda with 90-foot atrium. The wings allowed segregation of prisoners by sex and category of offense, and thirty arched windows, each 33 feet high, provided ventilation and natural light. The original jail contained 220 granite cells, each 8 by 10 feet.
"Over the years, the jail has housed a number of famous inmates including James Michael Curley, Malcolm X, Sacco and Vanzetti, suffragists imprisoned for protests when President Woodrow Wilson visited Boston in 1919 [...]"
"Once the storied Charles Street Jail, The Liberty Hotel welcomes guests to Boston with the spirit of a landmark liberated following an extensive $150 million acquisition, renovation and construction process. Marrying historic architecture with the high standards of refined, modern travel, The Liberty Hotel is New England’s premier luxury destination.
"Commanding in scale, the original granite edifice was innovative for its day, comprising a beautiful cruciform-shaped structure complete with a 90-foot central rotunda and cupola built in 1851. Today, through meticulous planning reflective of the property’s colorful past, this strong and beautiful building is home to a variety of transcendent public spaces linked by historic catwalks – including lobby and reception areas, restaurant, bar, grand ballroom, and meeting rooms"
About "The Clink", from LibertyHotel.Com:
"Set on the lobby level of The Liberty Hotel, a national historic landmark that was once the storied Charles Street Jail, CLINK. offers urban dwellers and hotel guests an energetic, social environment with a daily changing menu and extensive wine and cocktails list. Executive Chef Joseph Margate's menu showcases his classically-trained European technique coupled with the freshness of in-season American ingredients.
"Vestiges of original jails cells create cozy nooks for dining, and an open kitchen displays the theater of cooking as each stylish dish is prepared. Warm gold leather seats, butcher block tables and granite accents add contemporary style to the dining experience".
* 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm: People can gather in the lobby near the plaques detailing the historical details about the jail, reviewing them while we are waiting for people to gather. I will prolly get there at 6:20 pm.
* 7:00 pm to 7:15 pm: Watching the 15 minute historical filmstrip about the history of the location and the reconstruction effort, so members know enough about the hotel to ask questions. You know us Nerds and our questions we like to ask!
* 7:15 pm to 7:30 pm: A brief guided tour of the hotel.
* 7:30 pm: Dinner at "The Clink". A menu is located at the Boston MenuPages at http://boston.menupag... (http://boston.menupages.com/restaurantdetails.asp?areaid=11&restaurantid=44546#restinfo) ... Oooh. The sandwich similar to the old Buzzy's Roast Beef looks good!
Let me try using the new automatic waitlist feature. It should automatically add people from the waitlist if they sign up, change their mind and change the RSVP.