Daprato Rigali Studios

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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]

History[edit]

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]

In 2022 Daprato Rigali Studios[8] completed the restoration of Grand Army of the Republic rotunda stained glass dome in the Chicago Cultural Center.[9] The 40-foot diameter Tiffany-designed stained-glass dome had become covered in grime and paint and cut off the natural light that brought out the brilliant colors of the glass.[10]

Daprato Statuary Company Founded in Chicago in 1860

Notable projects[edit]

Awards[edit]

The Pontifical Institute of Christian Art was awarded to Daprato Rigali by Pope Pius X in 1909

Daprato Rigali Studios was awarded the Illinois Family Business of the Year Award[16] by the Loyola University of Chicago Business Center.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-29. Retrieved 2016-09-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Grissom, Carol A. (2009). Zinc Sculpture in America, 1850-1950. ISBN 9780874130317.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-09-14. Retrieved 2016-09-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  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. ^ "How They Restored the Grand Dome at the Chicago Cultural Center". Chicago Magazine. Retrieved 2022-04-05.
  9. ^ "Get A First Look At $15 Million Restoration Of The Chicago Cultural Center Hall Honoring Civil War Veterans". Block Club Chicago. 2022-03-25. Retrieved 2022-04-05.
  10. ^ "How They Restored the Grand Dome at the Chicago Cultural Center". Chicago Magazine. Retrieved 2022-04-05.
  11. ^ "Andrew Warlen: Tips for summer safety".
  12. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-12-01. Retrieved 2016-11-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Cathedral of Christ the King, Atlanta – to know, love, and serve as Jesus did" (PDF).
  14. ^ "Beaverville: Historic church nearing end of restoration".
  15. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-01-08. Retrieved 2016-09-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ https://www.luc.edu/leadershiphub/centers/familybusiness/fboy.shtml

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