Lakeview History


The building has a colorful history. Built in 1913 as a dance hall, it hosted popular big bands such as Dorsey and Goodman. Called Club Roma in the 20’s, it became a nightspot renowned for its lively music where a gent could buy a dance with a pretty young woman for ten cents. From 1926-30, Al Capone sheltered himself during the summer in rented cottages on Round Lake. He spent many hours at Club Roma drinking his bootlegged prohibition booze, dancing and swimming at the beach which was formerly located at the west side of the building.