The Home History of 1715 Alsace Road Hampden Heights PA 19604 (Bootlegger/ Mob Related Max Hassel)
Stone Manor House rich in history for having been built by Millionaire Beer Baron Max Hassel in 1933. Max Hassel rose to prominence with his 4 brewing companies, cigar factories, and ownership of the Berkshire Hotel, and the Greenhill’s Country Club. In 1928 the breweries closed he became partners with Waxey Gordon, the foremost beer baron in the country. Their syndicate in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania owed 17 breweries, according to the Prohibition Bureau. Waxey Gordon is depicted in the popular HBO series Boardwalk Empire. When beer was legalized in 1933 it was in direct opposition to the plans of Luciano Mob who’s plan were to regain the control of the beer and liquor sales after prohibition, Hassel was killed by a mob hit men in a New Jersey Hotel. It is believed the hit was for Waxey but Hassel died in the shooting. Hassel’s life was the subject of a book written by Ed Taggert entitled Bootlegger Max Hassel, the Millionaire Newsboy.
The Estate was occupied upon completion by Hassel’s sister and brother-law who ran one of the Reading Brewery operations.
Today the renovated estate home situated at 1715 Alsace Road in “The Heights” historic district is The home of Dr. John Stelmach and his wife Terry who have owned the home for over 20 years. It is a fine example of a stone colonial revival home. The residence offers a reception hall with sweeping stairwell, chef’s kitchen with commercial grade appliances, banquet sized dining room and large grand living room with two French doors to a stone terrace and portico. 7 bedrooms 4 full and 2 partial baths. In ground swimming pool and spa.