The old Sylva mansion in Sausalito, Ca. Built in 1897, it was the home of Adolph Sylva a notorious political boss at the turn of the century. Sylva was a Latin and Greek scholar, musician, actor, chicken farmer, lawyer and politician. He was Town Trustee and eventually the Mayor of Sausalito, although his career included accusations of corruption and illegal activities. In 1901 an assassination attempt on Sylva failed when an explosive device was thrown at the house but instead exploded in a tree. The house gained even more notoriety in 1932 when Lester Gillis (aka. George "Baby Face" Nelson), the infamous Chicago gangster, lived in the mansion when he fled to the West Coast after escaping from Joliet State Prison.
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