This 14-story boutique hotel occupies the historic Ames Building in Boston, which was originally built as an office building in the late 19th century and was the tallest building in the city when it was completed. The Ames Hotel sits along the Washington Mall at One Court Street and is located on the edge of the Financial District, the Downtown Crossing shopping district and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Although the design for the all-new interior of the space pays homage to the original 19th century exterior, Rockwell Group provided a modern framework for the lobby, Woodward restaurant, and 113 guest rooms. Original elements were re-interpreted to complement the elegant and innovative new design.Lighting design for this Morgans Group Hotel, which was provided by Tillet Lighting Design, supports the integration of a modern style into a historic building. New lighting and custom fixtures were developed for all rooms, including lobby, restaurants, and rooms. The lobby features an original marble mosaic tile vaulted ceiling, and a dramatic marble and brass staircase. Scattered around the lobby are original site-specific art works such a chandelier of thousands of reflective discs suspended over the floor on wires, and an abstract ceramic wall installation behind the reception area made up of many pieces of hand cast porcelain. The two-story hotel restaurant located off of the lobby is also a contrast of eras, merging the historical context with a touch of the modern day dandy. Named for a tavern once owned by Almanac author Nathaniel Ames, Woodward features a main bar as well as a formal dining area on each floor, with finishes inspired by bespoke men’s tailoring with subtle unexpected details. The main feature of the restaurant is the “Cabinet of Curiosities” on the second floor, a Victorian-inspired shelving throughout the dining space that is curated with over 200 hand selected objects of inspiration. Windsor chairs, epoxied in high gloss white finish, are scattered throughout the restaurant, complementing the wood paneled walls washed in a milky enamel. Each hotel room features a dark entry vestibule that provides a dramatic portal into the light-filled, lofty guest rooms, suites and hospitality suites. The illumination and levity of the room is enhanced by light oak flooring, 10-foot high ceilings, a white lacquered nightstand, a cream-colored leather upholstered floating platform bed, and the frosted glass that gives a fluid continuity between the main room and the bathroom. Light pours in through large windows, through which guests can see the intricate architectural stonework of the original Romanesque/Byzantine style façade. Hints of Federal Style inspiration include a desk lacquered in glossy white and nightstands adorned with lamps of black chrome, referencing the whale-oil lamps that once lit the city, while modern and sophisticated amenities give guests the utmost comfort, such as the bathrooms with dark porcelain tiles floors, and white marble walk-in shower with a rain shower head.