When a prison in proximity to the nearby criminal courts was built in 1919, the local residents said "there goes the neighborhood." In fact, the then-occupants of the Sükrü Bey Mansion (now the Yesil Ev hotel and restaurant) constructed a high wall to enclose the garden for safekeeping. The prison, now the Four Seasons Hotel, hosted such Turkish literary icons as Nazim Hikmet, Aziz Nesin, Rifat Ilgaz, and Yasar Kemal, all labeled as political dissidents. The prison was closed in the 1970s.