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AL CAPONE'S BATHROOM TILE AND WALL PAPER
 FROM HIS SUITE AT THE LEXINGTON HOTEL

bathroom floor tile  from Al Capone's Lexington Suite 530
(Mario Gomes collection).




Certified 100%







Al had a thing for light green. Closeup of the ornate light green tile that Al Capone favoured in his bathroom.
He had this same colored tile (without the ornate trim) in one of the hanging bathrooms in his master bedroom at 93 Palm Island Miami. Mae's bathroom contained lavendar colored tiles.
 (Mario Gomes collection).


 Capone's light green tile fragment from hanging bathroom that came from 93 Palm Avenue.
I dug this fragment up myself out of the ground on the property when I visited then owner Hank Morrison.
 (Mario Gomes collection).






 Nile green Tiles with royal purple trim from Al Capone's bathroom at The Lexington hotel.these were described by John Kobler in his book called "The Life and World of Al Capone". These tiles shown here are now in my collection.
(Mario Gomes collection)






Al Capone's bathroom in The Lexington Hotel
(Photo courtesy of Bill Helmer)









Capone's green nile tiles.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Helmer)






Al Capone's bathroom at the Lexington with the famous tiles intact before excavation.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Joe Walters)








Piece of tiles and wall paper from Capone suite.
 (Mario Gomes collection).







Another Lexington floor plan during Capone's reign.




Other Lexington Hotel related items.



      
1920's Lexington Hotel matchbook made by the Diamond Match Co. New York.
 (Mario Gomes collection)






Fruit fork from the Lexington Hotel
 (Mario Gomes collection).




Close up of the fork with "The Lexington Hotel" stamped on the back of  handle.
Not to be confused with the two New york hotels by the same name. Chicago's older hotel had the distinction of being named the "Lexington Hotel" or "The Lexington Hotel", while it's NewYork counterparts were named "Hotel Lexington" or "The Hotel Lexington"
 (Mario Gomes collection).







From Al's suite at The Lexington Hotel. Green bathroom tile, palm tree wall paper, lavendar tile, square piece of wall with weathered palm tree wall paper and bullets dug out of the wall fired by Geraldo Rivera during his Capone t.v. special.
 (Mario Gomes collection).




Closeup of Capone suite wall paper. He like to keep that Florida feeling while back in Chicago during the winter.
 (Mario Gomes collection).







This wallpaper sample was unweathered from the outside elements.
 (Mario Gomes collection).








Lexington Doorknob
 (Mario Gomes collection).








Outdoor Terra Cotta from The Lexington Hotel
(Mario Gomes collection)







Piece of Al Capone's lavender bathtub.
(Mario Gomes collection)
(* Al Capone had two bathrooms, one in his suite and one in his office ).







Waterbury mechanical pencil found in Lexington Lobby
(Mario Gomes collection)




Piece of Al Capone's Room of Doom plaster wall.  
(Mario Gomes collection)




Above Items grouped in a frame.
(Mario Gomes collection)






Al Capone's  wallpaper and Lexington Hotel front entrance tile.
(Mario Gomes collection)







The Lexington  re-invented as the New Michigan Hotel circa 1973.
(Photo Courtesy of Mark Kennedy)






The New Michigan Hotel 1972
(Photo courtesy of Bill Fancourt from Derbyshire, England)












Close up of wallpaper removed from Al's Lexington office.
(Special thanks to Mr. Bill Helmer)
(Mario Gomes collection)

Capone was usually a late riser, starting his day at noon to one o'clock. Lounging around in his royal blue silk p.j.'s he slowly has breakfast and begins to get dressed to face a day of business decisions and meeting and greeting businessmen, politicians and celebrities alike. Evening would be reserved for partying, drinking, gambling and carousing with ladies of the evening.The Lexington was known as a whorehouse back when Al occupied it. If Al and the gang would step out to a nightclub for entertainment, the club was immediately cordoned off to the public. If you were in the club and Al arrived, you were there to stay until Al was ready to leave. If you tried to get in when Al was in a club, you would be turned away at the door. These were tight security precautions taken to protect the big fellow from harm. If you were stuck in the club with Al, all the drinks were paid by him for your inconvienience.







Fragments of Al Capone's taste in wall paper from the Lexington.
(Special thanks to Mr. Bill Helmer)
(Mario Gomes collection)




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Authentic mug from Lexington Hotel Chicago , Illinois.
(Mario Gomes collection)




Back of mug
(Mario Gomes collection)






Door tag from Lexington room.
(Mario Gomes collection)


 Now back to the Lexington;

After Al was sent to prison, ex alderman John "Bathhouse "Coughlin occupied Al's suite.When all remnants of the Capone gang were gone from the hotel ,the Lexington slipped from bordello to flophouse. In the 1950's it was renamed the New Michigan. It's last occupant was thrown out in 1980. In 1986, It's last hoorah came when Geraldo's circus arrived at the Lexington looking for gold in some safe found below said to have belonged to Al. On live T.V. 60 million viewers watched that evening. Geraldo's plans also fell through!!! Al Capone had  had the last laugh on Geraldo and the I.R.S, who by the way was also watching the safe opening event. The I.R.S. was still hoping to collect on the pending $200,000 owed by Al back in '32. No gold, just some empty whiskey bottles. The hotel at the time was owned by the Sunbow Foundation, a women's self help training group in which they planned a renovation coup. Lacking funds this project fell through. By1989, the building was then owned by Dr. Ganesan Visvabharathy. He planned to renovate the Lexington, but his plans also fell through. He tried to sell, but no buyers came to the rescue.

The Lexington Hotel was demolished in the fall of 1995.


Lobby of The Lexington Hotel Chicago ,Illinois
(Mario Gomes collection)






Banquet and Ballroom of The Lexington Hotel








Lexington Ballroom's ornate plaster
(Mario Gomes collection)






Two views or a Cherub ornament from the Lexington Hotel
(Courtesy of the Dr. Pete N. Nickolas)







Early Lexington postcard.
(Joe Walters)





Another view of Lexington on a postcard.
(Joe Walters)





Ad for the Lexington
(Joe Walters)




The New Michigan Hotel (Lexington) circa 1950.
(Postcard courtesy of my pal Bob Richards).




The Lexington was later renamed the New Michigan Hotel between the  40's and 50's.
(Joe Walters)




Business card from Batt's lounge restaurant in the New Michigan hotel.
(Joe Walters)







First Posted  June 2001