Boston, MA

Liberty Hotel

Conversion of a landmark jail into a luxury Boston hotel incorporates G2 Optima Plus® Flushometers.
Balancing preservation with modern functionality is a challenge for any preservation project. Converting a 19th century prison into a 21st century hotel was a monumental project that began in 2002, when the design and construction team, headed by Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc., began a five-year process to convert the defunct Charles Street Jail in Boston into the luxurious Liberty Hotel.

When Massachusetts General Hospital acquired the outdated building in 1990, the challenge began to find a use for it. When it was proposed that the building be converted to a hotel, many of the jail’s elements were selected to be preserved. In 2007, The Liberty Hotel opened for business. The historical preservation project repurposed the 155-year-old building, a historical landmark, where some of the worst criminals in the country were once held, into a $75 million luxury hotel. Preservation converged with functionality.


To obtain functional public restrooms, Sloan G2 Optima Plus® sensor activated flushometers were installed on 20 water closets in the lobby, second, fourth and fifth floor public restrooms. The Flushometers provide superior performance as they have been engineered to perform in high humidity, high traffic and with poor water quality—all of which were conditions facing this facility. The products’ exclusive latching solenoid provides superior performance in the most extreme water conditions. It also eliminates detection errors caused by lighting conditions and reflective surfaces such as mirrors or stainless-steel stalls.

According to Cambridge Senior Associate James C. Puopolo, The Liberty Hotel design includes many sustainable features, including the G2 Flushometers “The G2 Optima Plus electronic Flushometers were selected for the public restrooms in the hotel, and they have been performing with no problems since installation and the opening of the hotel three years ago,” says Spencer Starbranch, maintenance manager for The Liberty Hotel.

Along with maintaining the historical integrity, the project team had to choose top-performing products such as the G2 Flushometers for a building that would endure high traffic with guests and city visitors inquisitive to see how this once dilapidated jail is now a functional, lavish hotel in the heart of Boston.

The G2 Optima Plus electronic Flushometers were selected for the public restrooms in the hotel, and they have been performing with no problems since installation and the opening of the hotel three years ago.

Spencer Starbranch

Maintenance Manager