Al Capone’s Miami Gardens
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Henry August Baumann (6/10/1884 - 4/28/1939)

Henry August Baumann was born (1884) in Aurora, Illinois; the oldest of four children, brought into this world by August Baumann, born (1859) in Germany, and Lena Thill-Baumann, born (1863) in Wisconsin.  His siblings included Willie (1887,) Mary (1892,) and Lizzie (1896.)  By 1900, Henry’s father August had relocated the family to West 51st Street in Chicago.  By 1910, Henry  was married and operating a saloon business located at 432 S. Canal St.  It was here that he came in contact wtih Big Jim Colosimo, the first Chicago Mob boss of organized crime. In 1912, Henry Baumann’s mother and sister were nearly killed when 5 masked men forced there way into their home located at 3830 S Honore St. in Chicago.   Lena Thill-Baumann suffered 2 wounds and the papers reported “she may die,” while Henry’s sister Elizabeth received 2 wounds, causing both to be admitted to St. Bernard’s Hospital. In 1928, Henry aquired the land for Miami Gardens for the sum of $900.  Construction was soon undertaken, and an enormous 2 story commercial structure was built, with full basement and 2 auxiliary buildings.  There were 11 rooms for lodging, a servants’ quarters and the building known as “the sugarhouse” where illegal alcohol was stored.  There was a huge office located behind the main hall, with a handpainted oil mural depicting a tropical scene we now know was like the one in Al Capone’s Lexington Hotel suite.  The second floor included a larger apartment with another similar handpainted mural, a master shower and bath.  The shower and bath are tiled in imported Italian, Nile green tile with lavendar trim just like Al Capone’s Lexington Hotel shower. What the public didn’t know was that Henry A. Baumann buillt Miami Gardens in Peotone, Illinois, for Al Capone, to serve as a speakeasy and  regional center for the Outfit.  Our investigation shows that this location contained sophisticated banking equipment, routinely used for accounting large sums of money, tracking inventories, payables, receiveables and payroll.  The over-sized business office, with hand-painted mural and secured entryway, is much too large for a small restaurant and lodge.  Baumann spent the rest of his life operating Miami Gardens until his passing in 1939, at which time his sister Lizzie and brother-in-law Irv took over the location.  Elizabeth also lived at Miami Gardens from the very beginning and worked as the cook.  She was popular, friendly and an excellent chef.  Erwin “Irv” Nesvacil was listed on the 1930 census as a servant, and was the first bartender. He eventually married Elizabeth.  In 1939, Irv and Betty Nesvacil took over management of Miami Gardens.  Robert Nesvacil, Irv’s brother, was listed as a lodger on the 1930 census.  George Maringer is also listed as a servant, but nothing yet is known about him. Throughout our website we provide more facts about Miami Gardens, what we have uncovered through research and investigation, and share what our visitors have told us.  But our story doesn’t end here.  We are inviting the public to join us on this effort to uncover the whole truth about Miami Gardens.  This business has been scarcely documented in the history of Peotone.  It was built just one mile South of the township, had a construction cost of approximately $2,000,000 in today’s money, yet is undocumented in the historic publications of this town.  If you or someone you know would like to contribute to the history of Miami Gardens, we invite you to contact us at 708-258-3393 or email BillT@caponesmiamigardens.com. Pictured is Gangster Hall, the original dining room where Al Capone would dine in a booth with drawn curtains.  
Al Capones’s Miami Gardens

Henry August Baumann

(6/10/1884 - 4/28/1939)

Henry August Baumann was born (1884) in Aurora, Illinois; the oldest of four children, brought into this world by August Baumann, born (1859) in Germany, and Lena Thill-Baumann, born (1863) in Wisconsin.  His siblings included Willie (1887,) Mary (1892,) and Lizzie (1896.)  By 1910, Henry had relocated to Chicago where he was engaged in a saloon business located at 432 S. Canal St.  It was here that we believe he came in contact wtih Big Jim Colosimo, the first Chicago Mob boss of organized crime. In 1912, Henry Baumann’s mother and sister were nearly killed when 5 masked men forced there way into their home located at 3830 S Honore St. in Chicago.   Lena Thill-Baumann suffered 2 wounds and the papers reported “she may die,” while Henry’s sister Elizabeth received 2 wounds, causing both to be admitted to St. Bernard’s Hospital.  As was typical during those times, no witnesses came forward and no motive was determined. Police shrugged it off to either robbery or a “fued.”  One thing is for sure, no one in the Baumann family was talking. In 1928, Henry aquired the land for Miami Gardens for the sum of $900.  Construction was soon undertaken, and an enormous 2 story commercial structure was built, with full basement and 2 auxiliary buildings.  There were 11 rooms for lodging, a servants’ quarters and the building known as “the sugarhouse” where illegal alcohol was stored.  There was a huge office located behind the main hall, with a handpainted oil mural depicting a tropical scene we now know was like the one in Al Capone’s Lexington Hotel suite.  The second floor included a larger apartment with another similar handpainted mural, a master shower and bath.  The shower and bath are tiled in imported Italian, Nile green tile with lavendar trim just like Al Capone’s Lexington Hotel shower. What the public didn’t know was that Henry A. Baumann buillt Miami Gardens in Peotone, Illinois, for Al Capone, to serve as a speakeasy and  regional center for the Outfit.  Our investigation shows that this location contained sophisticated banking equipment, routinely used for accounting large sums of money, tracking inventories, payables, receiveables and payroll.  The over-sized business office, with hand-painted mural and secured entryway, is much too large for a small restaurant and lodge.  Baumann spent the rest of his life operating Miami Gardens until his passing in 1939, at which time his sister Lizzie and brother-in-law Irv took over the location.  Elizabeth also lived at Miami Gardens from the very beginning and worked as the cook.  She was popular, friendly and an excellent chef.  Erwin “Irv” Nesvacil was listed on the 1930 census as a servant, and was the first bartender. He eventually married Elizabeth.  In 1939, Irv and Betty Nesvacil took over management of Miami Gardens.  Robert Nesvacil, Irv’s brother, was listed as a lodger on the 1930 census.  George Maringer is also listed as a servant, but nothing yet is known about him. Throughout our website we provide more facts about Miami Gardens, what we have uncovered through research and investigation, and share what our visitors have told us.  But our story doesn’t end here.  We are inviting the public to join us on this effort to uncover the whole truth about Miami Gardens.  This business has been scarcely documented in the history of Peotone.  It was built just one mile South of the township, had a construction cost of approximately $2,000,000 in today’s money, yet is undocumented in the historic publications of this town.  If you or someone you know would like to contribute to the history of Miami Gardens, we invite you to contact us at 708- 258-3393 or email BillT@caponesmiamigardens.com. Pictured is Gangster Hall, the original dining room where Al Capone would dine in a booth with drawn curtains.
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