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Help restore the Georgia Guard Memorial, designed by the famed Alfonso Iannelli and build a marker of the artist's final resting place. Read more

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Help restore the Georgia Guard Memorial, designed by the famed Alfonso Iannelli and build a marker of the artist's final resting place.

Park Ridge, IL Sculpture
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Famed Artist Alfonso Iannelli, this year the subject of a major exhibition, executed this beautiful memorial in 1927 to the memory of Georgia Guard, a child of his close friends, in the Town of Maine Cemetery, Park Ridge, Ill. Iannelli was, by that time, famed for his collaboration with Frank Lloyd Wright on Midway Gardens, then the premiere performing arts center in the country, and is also the artist behind the incredible art deco Zodiac embellishments at Chicago's Adler Planetarium. Iannelli also collaborated with some of the great lights in early modern architecture. His work is still in evidence across the city of Chicago and the country - in states as diverse as Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Lousiana, New Mexico and California.

Alfonso Iannelli (1886-1965) was a major American sculptor, poster and graphic designer. Besides his collaboration with Wright, he also worked with Belli & Belli, Barry Byrne, Wm Drummond, Irving Gill, Granger & Bollenbeck, Ernest Grunsfeld Jr, Holabird & Roche, Holabird & Root, Hermann Van Holtz, Raymond Hood, Loebl Schlossman & Demuth, Geo W Maher, Naess & Murphy, Dwight Perkins, Purcell & Elmslie, Andrew Rebori, Alfred Shaw, Skidmore Owings Merrill, Tallmadge & Watson, Harold Zook. The sheer breadth of partner architects illustrates Iannelli's fervent belief in collaborative problem solving.

He and his studio were responsible for many important displays for the 1933 Century of Progress in Chicago. No one received more commissions at the fair than Iannelli's Studios, including its most popular exhibit the Radio Flyer's colossal (37 ft) "Coaster Boy", and the Fair's most viewed exhibit the Havoline Motor Oil 20-story high thermometer, the entire Children's Playlot named "The Enchanted Island," and 8 other exhibits -- one of which remains on display at The Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach, Florida. Iannelli was selected to do The Radio Entrance to Social Science Hall because he had built previously the first studio exclusively designed for radio broadcasting i.e. WLS in the Sherman Hotel in 1925. He was a highly influential commercial artist, industrial and interior and architectural designer in the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s.

The Guard Memorial was executed in cast concrete but is nearing the end of its lifespan. The plot is also the final resting place of the artist himself. The family, including Sam Guard, a friend of Iannelli, want to restore the memorial and build a marker to Iannelli's memory. The cost of rehabilitation has been estimated at between $70,000 and $100,000 - out of reach of the family. We're beginning the restoration by molding and re-casting the central figure, Georgia herself, estimated to cost $15,000. Donations above and beyond that amount will go to underwrite the entire restoration and to create a headstone for the artist. Help us restore and preserve this important work and create a lasting tribute to Alfonso Iannelli.

The fundraising campaign is being administered through Preservation Chicago, a non-profit advocacy dedicated to protecting and preserving great works of architecture and design associated with Chicago.

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Once sufficient funds are raised to begin construction, the memorial will be carefully disassembled and rebuilt with special attention paid to the arts and crafts sensibilities of the Guard Family and Iannelli's artistic vision. Where necessary, new components will be fabricated and the entire plot will be re-landscaped per the original intent.

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    A single postcard reproduction of an Iannelli Vaudeville poster, designed for the Orpheum in Los Angeles in the early 1900s, six were originally reproduced in full size in 1968.

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    Six postcard reproductions of Iannelli's early 1900s Vaudeville posters for the Orpheum in Los Angeles, originally reproduced in full size in 1968.

    Big City Four (April 1915), England's Daintiest Comedienne (Jan 1915), George Whiting Songs & Sayings (March 1915), Meehan's Leaping Hounds (Nov 1914), Spooks in Comedy (Jan 1915), Three Beautiful Types (Nov 1914).

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    A 16-page pamphlet entitled "Root & Flower" that tells the whole story of the Georgia Guard Memorial.

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    An original copy of the 1965 "Prairie School Review" devoted to Alfonso Iannelli. Published for architectural historians this 28-page monograph, now out-of-print, was developed from personal interviews with the artist the year of his death."

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    Full-size reproduction of a never before released "Orpheum Poster," sized 20" by 30". The posters were unprecedented in their use of geometric forms to represent vaudeville performers for the Orpheum in Los Angeles between 1912-1915.

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    Reproduction of Iannelli "Cat" scuplture, approximately 2.75 inches in diameter and 2 inches tall executed in hydrocal.

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    Backers will receive all the rewards of the lower levels with the exception of "The Prairie School Review."

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