bring the Immaculata Madonna home to Iannelli Studios!
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
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
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
For donations specifically to the
Madonna Fund via credit card/PayPal click on the button below.
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
255 N. Northwest Hwy.
Park Ridge, IL 60068
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