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Help bring the Immaculata Madonna home to Iannelli Studios!

In the early 1920s architect Barry Byrne designed the buildings of Immaculata High School in Chicago, and asked his good friend Alfonso Iannelli to sculpt a monumental 11 foot tall Madonna to grace the doorway. It has been learned that most of the actual sculpting was done by noted artist Edgar Miller under Iannelli's direction in Iannelli Studios in Park Ridge.

When the school closed in the early 1980s, the sculpture was removed by the new owners and was thought to be lost. Recently discovered by a group of Immaculata alumnae in storage at the Smart Museum at the University of Chicago, and effort has been mounted to bring this nearly 100 year old sculpture back to the Studio where it was created, where it will have a new permanent home.

Our progress so far:

The Smart Museum has agreed to turn the sculpture over to the Mac Madonna Alumnae Committee. Kalo Foundation has agreed to give her a new permanent home at its Iannelli Studios Heritage Center.

A generous benefactor has offered to provide transportation services.

Jane Foley, sculpture restoration expert, has been secured to restore and oversee the installation of the statue.

So far Immaculata Alumnae have raised about a third of the estimated $15,000 cost to complete the project.

Can you help?

Donations via check should be made payable to Kalo Foundation with the notation “Madonna Fund,” and sent to Kalo Foundation, 255 N. Northwest Hwy, Park Ridge IL 60068.

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 For donations via check, click on the donation form below, print it, fill it out and mail it to:

The Kalo Foundation of Park Ridge
Attn:  Treasurer
255 N. Northwest Hwy.
Park Ridge, IL  60068

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