The Ames Building on the corner of Court Street and the Washington Mall has changed hands to another owner who will try to convert it to a hotel: Boston's Historic Ames Building Will Become Boutique Hotel. Previously, O'Callaghan Hotels was trying to convert the property into a hotel.
The Ames building stands out because of its masonry construction. Take a look at the enormous columns at the base of the building. Those are load-bearing supports. The Ames Building was built prior to wider-spread use of structural steel in building construction. All of that thick stone on the exterior is carrying the weight of the building.