Help End The Year Right For The Iannelli Studios
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2011 was a landmark year for historic preservation in the town of Park Ridge, IL. Despite long odds and the pressure of the ongoing economic recession, the historically important Alfonso Iannelli Home & Studios building was saved from destruction by a grassroots campaign of donations (which PrairieMod readers generously participated in) and volunteerism. As the year closes, Herb Zuegel of the Kalo Foundation gives us all an update on the effort to restore and transform...
2011 was a landmark year for historic preservation in the town of Park Ridge, IL. Despite long odds and the pressure of the ongoing economic recession, the historically important Alfonso Iannelli Home & Studios building was saved from destruction by a grassroots campaign of donations (which PrairieMod readers generously participated in) and volunteerism. As the year closes, Herb Zuegel of the Kalo Foundation gives us all an update on the effort to restore and transform the building into a new cultural destination. But it doesn't come without challenges. More info after the jump...
The Kalo Foundation is in the midst of preparing the Iannelli Studios for both bitter cold weather and your warm presence. After acquiring the property on August 31, 2011 Free & Clear -- because of the outstanding support from about 500 of you — even more extensive repairs than expected are proving necessary.
For instance, there were no gas or water meters; then lots of pipes (some covered in concrete) were found split from freezing; next toilets didn't work; ditto faucets & drains. Further, of the seven odd heating units spread across the sprawling complex, three (so far) have required replacement just to provide enough heat to prevent more frost damage this winter.
Electrical safety likewise demanded attention, e.g. rewiring an exhaust fan powered by a cracked extension cord fed through the wall, countless lights & receptacles that didn't work & more. Now we're finding even before the worst weather — while using a minimum of heat & light — the gas & electric bills are ghastly.
But at least the raccoons seem to be out of the attic and the roof has repeatedly been patched, hopefully well enough to defer total replacement until more funds are found. Gutter work plus a sump-pump too still need attention. Meanwhile, make-do aluminum sheathing applied with lots of caulk to over 60 ft. of exterior window sills should prevent rainwater from getting between the walls. Kalo members, tradespeople, Boy Scouts & many others have all volunteered countless hours helping any way feasible.
However a professional crew using heavy equipment has necessarily been on site during the past several weeks. They are remedying many & various foundation problems to prevent collapse of the house! With a good deal of architectural and structural engineering help, Betsy Foxwell closely negotiated the best cost/benefit option at $32,000, covering an enormous amount of work. The Sassers graciously agreed to help defray a major part of that cost — which together with nearly the last of Kalo's emergency funds — will provide long-term safety & stability to the building. Some photos of the work done follow:
So, with all the work that's required — plus monthly bills to pay — it's clear your financial help is needed ASAP. Year-end tax deductibility makes it easier to give generously, because Kalo is a 501(c)(3) organization. But if giving in early 2012 is better for you, Kalo will gratefully accept & prudently use any funds any time you're able. Please send all you can.
The quickest & easiest paths are at the Kalo website. There you'll find the process for sending checks via postal mail upon clicking DONATION in the left hand column. And/or if you'd prefer to zap your bucks via the internet, use the PAY PAL button in the middle-top of the website home page. Finally, if you have questions, please contact Kalo member Marshall Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org who'd be pleased to reply by whatever medium serves you best.
Herb Zuegel, Kalo Foundation
A pretty amazing amount of work in just a short period of time--the hope is that 2012 will bring even more transformations to this important historic site. If you have the ability this season to make a tax-deductible donation towards the continued restoration of the Iannelli Studios, then please follow the link and help make a difference!
All images via Herb Zuegel/Kalo Foundation