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We hadn't heard anything about Alfonso Iannelli for a year or more until yesterday, and now there's a another item pertaining to the early-20th century sculptor: his home and studio in Park Ridge has been awarded a modicum of protection by the city as a "heritage center". This designation, a first for Park Ridge, sets the stage for the museum-like positioning of the property, akin to Wright's home and studio in Oak Park. It also functions as a landmarking of sorts. Not nearly as big a figure, Iannelli was nonetheless a great sculptor with a portfolio heavy on public works. He was also an integral figure in Park Ridge's once thriving arts colony— back when the 'burbs had a lot more to offer. [Trib, photo via PrairieMod]