From the early days of Al Capone to the final days of the John Gotti, mobsters have been a part of American history, the source of American legends, and even influenced parts of American culture.
“AMC has created its first ever docu-drama, The Making of the Mob. The original series debuted June 15th and is an eight-part series that begins in 1905 and spans over 50 years to trace the rise of “Lucky” Luciano, “Bugsy” Siegel, and other notorious gangsters from their beginnings as teen gangs to murderous entrepreneurs and bootleggers who organized the criminal underworld of New York, turning the Mafia into an American institution.”
While AMC has found a unique way to portray some of America’s most notorious mobsters, Hollywood has been in the mob business for decades, and according to rumors, quite literally. Films such as The Untouchables, Goodfellas, Casino, and of course, The Godfather helped ignite our infatuation with these crime families and their legends.
What is our fascination with the Mafia? Is it their power, their horrific acts of evil, their cultural impact, or their opulent lifestyle? Their opulent lifestyle appeals to many, including set designers commissioned to recreate the homes of these mob bosses for these blockbuster films. On set, only the best-of-the-best was used to recreate the homes of these notorious bad guys. In real life, the same is true; these men surrounded their families with the best money could buy.
What did the homes of these Mafia bosses look like? We’ve put together a few examples of design styles and furnishing these mobsters would of had in their own homes. Take a tour through the decades of Mafia ruled New York, Chicago, and Las Vegas to see what was popular in interior design during those eras.
1920s – 1930s – Al Capone
The Untouchables, starred Robert De Niro, portrayed gang leader Al Capone. Capone reigned as Chicago’s crime boss during Prohibition.
Art Deco was “the cat’s meow” between the 1920s and the 1940s.
1930s – 1940s – Don Corleone
The Godfather, starred Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone, the head of the Corleone crime family. This fictional character was based on the real-life mobster, Frank Costello.
1950s – 1960s – Henry Hill
Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, starred Ray Liotta as Henry Hill. Hill was a New York City mobster associated with the Lucchese crime family.
Mid-Century Modern was “all the rage” during the 50s, 60s and 70s.
1960s – 1970s – Frank Rosenthal
Casino starred Robert De Niro in the role of Frank Rosenthal. Rosenthal was a professional sports bettor, casino executive, and organized crime associate in Las Vegas.
Header photo credit: AMC: Making of the Mob