Daprato Rigali Studios

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Daprato Rigali Studios

Daprato Rigali Studios (formerly Daprato Statuary Company) is an interior restoration and renovation company in Chicago.[1] It was founded in 1860[2] by the Daprato brothers, Italian immigrants from the town of Barga. The company specializes in interior renovations and restorations of historic and iconic buildings such as churches, theaters, hotels, banks, courthouses and commercial building lobbies. They have decorative painting, stained glass and marble fabrication departments.[3]


In 1881, John E. Rigali, the great-grandfather of the firm's current family members, completed his training in Florence and immigrated to Chicago to work with the Daprato brothers. Rigali became a partner in 1884 and, in 1890, president of Daprato Statuary Company.[4]

In 1909, Pope Pius X bestowed on Daprato Studios the title of "Pontifical Institute of Christian Art."[5]

By the mid-1920s they operated locations in Chicago, Montreal, New York City and Pietrasanta.

In 1960, under the guidance of Robert Rigali, the organization took on the name, Daprato Rigali Studios.[6]

The company is currently managed by 4th generation Rigali family members Bob, John, Mike and Elizabeth.

In 2019 they were awarded the Illinois Family Business of the Year Award by Loyola University Chicago.[7]

Notable projects[edit]


The Pontifical Institute of Christian Art

Illinois Family Business of the Year Award[13]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-29. Retrieved 2016-09-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Grissom, Carol A. (2009). Zinc Sculpture in America, 1850-1950. ISBN 9780874130317.
  3. ^ http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2003-08-14/news/0308140128_1_papal-altar-furnishings
  4. ^ Butterman, Eric (Spring 2006). "Church restoration a family reunion". Notre Dame magazine. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Daprato Rigali Studios - Our Legacy". Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  6. ^ Brachear, Manya A. (2 August 2009). "Renovated Holy Name shines in debut mass". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  7. ^ https://www.luc.edu/leadershiphub/centers/familybusiness/fboy.shtml
  8. ^ http://www.pjstar.com/article/20150512/NEWS/150519793
  9. ^ http://faithdigital.org/Mundelein/MUNSum15/CB5961D2F764A3E99F7C0FAA78D2FD85/MUNSpring:Summer15.pdf
  10. ^ http://www.cathedralofchristtheking.org/docs/bulletin/07-13-14.pdf
  11. ^ http://www.daily-journal.com/life/beaverville-historic-church-nearing-end-of-restoration/article_62eb5b56-1336-5a3a-9c5f-d9424952c985.html
  12. ^ http://www.diocesealex.org/sites/default/files/docs/ct_7-22-13redacted.pdf
  13. ^ https://www.luc.edu/leadershiphub/centers/familybusiness/fboy.shtml

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