A fundraising campaign has been launched to address structural problems at the Iannelli Studios Heritage Center in Park Ridge.
The property at 255-257 N. Northwest Highway in Park Ridge includes a mid-19th century house and former blacksmith shop that served as the longtime headquarters of renowned artist Alfonso Iannelli.
The Kalo Foundation of Park Ridge acquired the complex in 2011 and has established a museum, library and workroom where the works of Iannelli and other local artists are available for the public to view and study.
Recently discovered structural flaws to the main studio areas will require modern bracing to stabilize walls and prevent the roof from collapsing.
A $40,000 fund drive is being conducted at www.razoo.com/us/story/Keep-Iannelli-Studios-Standing.
Iannelli’s design work is featured at Park Ridge’s Pickwick Theatre and Maine East High School and at Chicago landmarks including the Prudential Building and the Adler Planetarium. His Madonna figure, rescued from Immaculata High School, is restored and on permanent display at the center.
For more information, call 847-261-4595 or visit http://www.kalofoundation.org.