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The Lexington's Destruction
Lexington Hotel's Destruction in photos


Special thanks goes to Mr. Bill Helmer and Mr. Joe Walters for supplying below pics of the Lexington's destruction. Without their dillingent, work all this would have been lost.



The Lexington moments before destruction.
(Photo Courtesy of Joe Walters)







Front entrance where Capone would enter below the white columned arches.
(Photo Courtesy of Joe Walters)






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




Painted Lexington sign
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Bill Helmer)









Great architecture
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Bill Helmer)





The Lexington later rebaptized the New Michigan hotel
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Bill Helmer)




In this photo, the top window was Al's office and just under it Capone crew.
(4th and 5th floors).
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Bill Helmer)




Beautiful shot of The Lexington  with the sun beaming on it's terra cotta facade.
(Photo Courtesy of Joe Walters)





Fire escape near rounded tower.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Bill Helmer)





Front view of entrance.(Photo courtesy of Mr. Bill Helmer)






Close up view. (Photo courtesy of Mr. Bill Helmer)




Nice view of advertising on side walls of Lexington.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Bill Helmer)





The destruction begins like a cancer ravaging the middle section of the mighty Lexington.
(Photo Courtesy of Joe Walters)




As the sun rises a clearer view is given of the destruction.
(Photo Courtesy of Joe Walters)







Side shot of the same destruction.
(Photo Courtesy of Joe Walters)






Alot of people got to take off  with precious items before the commencement of it's destruction.
(Photo Courtesy of Joe Walters)



View of second floor and up.
(Photo Courtesy of Joe Walters)



The destruction from afar.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Bill Helmer)






The for sale sign offers little help as a historic buiding that housed many important people such as a President Benjamin Harrison and of course Al Capone.
(Photo Courtesy of Joe Walters)






Single columns are  left before total destruction caves the building to it's sad end.
(Photo Courtesy of Joe Walters)







The Lexington final destruction stages are complete as Security or police standby to prevent people from entering the grounds.
(Photo Courtesy of Joe Walters)








Good-bye Lex! If your walls could talk!
   (Photo Courtesy of Joe Walters)






Nearing the end.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Bill Helmer)







Just a little bitty more.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Bill Helmer)







Just a few more shovelfuls.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Bill Helmer)








Lexington is no more!
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Bill Helmer)







Photos by other enthusiasts

  Lexington Hotel  entrance archway. ( Photo courtesy of Mr.Joseph Carrillo)





The once mighty majestic Lexington Hotel before it's destruction.
  ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Joseph Carrillo).





Illinois underground tunnels. These ran through the city and close to the Lexington.
(Mario Gomes collection).




First Posted June 2007