FJoseph Loesch was a father. In 1909, the Chicago lawyer built a beautiful home for himself and his wife, Lydia, as well as one for each of their two daughters and their husbands. The Buena Park family compound was shaped by architect HM Hansen, who designed residences of varying styles throughout the city. Loesch’s five-bedroom, 8,000-square-foot dig at 4247 North Hazel Street, plus a shed, went on the market in February for $2.295 million.
Loesch was a busy man. A Northwestern law graduate, president of the Chicago Bar Association, and special state attorney for Cook County (voter fraud), he rose to national fame as a chief of the Chicago Crime Commission, which named Al Capone the city’s public enemy No. 1. a term Loesch is credited with coining. In 1938, the Chicago Grandstand hailed the work of the commission as one of the “great chapters of municipal government in the history of the nation, and the soul of that achievement was Frank J. Loesch.”
When he was not pursuing mobsters, Loesch, who died in 1944 at the age of 92, frequented and socialized at the University Club and the Union League. While these elite retreats were certainly impressive, his own home was not to be overlooked. Clad in cream-colored brick and designed in a craftsman style, it features five fireplaces and amply proportioned rooms rich in mahogany paneling and stained glass. The wide staircase is punctuated by huge landings, the master bedroom has two bathrooms, and the third floor (probably a ballroom at the time) has a games room, bedroom and in-law apartment. . If it’s keeping mom and dad a little too close for comfort, there’s always the three-bedroom shed.