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Born in Italy in 1888, Iannelli's came to Chicago in 1914 to work with Frank Lloyd Wright on Midway Gardens, and he continued to be a major presence in the city for half a century, right through one of his final, and most seen, commissions - the relief of the Rock of Gibraltar on the side of the Prudential Building, completed in 1955.
Alfonso Iannelli: Modern by Design, which you can see at the Architech Gallery only through December 22nd. (730 North Franklin, Suite 200 - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, noon to 5:00 p.m.)
Alfonso Iannelli: Modern by Design, an exhaustive, lavishly illustrated account of Iannelli's life and work.
Sitting across a desk and looking at a computer screen, I got a preview of the book, and its a stunner. We've already written about the striking, abstracted posters Iannelli and his wife Margaret created for the vaudeville acts at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles.
Woodbury County Courthouse in Sioux City, Iowa. There's the Pickwick in Park Ridge, and his work with Barry Byrne, including the Kenna Apartments in South Shore.