Judy Barclay’s Legacy: Zoning Reform, Landmarks

Judy Barclay posts the postcard that won Best Slogan – “Come to Park Ridge and Live!” when the old village was incorporated as a city in 1910.

Judy Barclay, 79, died April 19 at Advocate Lutheran Hospital.

She was the founding chair of the Park Ridge Historic Preservation Commission, co-chair of the Kalo Foundation, and one of the city’s foremost experts on the history and nuances of Park Ridge zoning.

Mayor Marty Maloney said Thursday: ‘This is extremely sad news. This is a huge loss for the town of Park Ridge.

“She was the City Council’s biggest fan and harshest critic. She let her love for Park Ridge guide her.

“She was the kind of person you always knew where she was and how she felt.

“My condolences and for all council and city staff go out to his family at this time. This is truly devastating news.

Mrs. Barclay is survived by her husband, Jack; children Brian Barclay and Missy (Jim) Langan; grandchildren Jason DiPietro, Mary Kate, Emily, Margaret and Anne Barclay, and Russell Langanl and great-grandchildren Lily and Colton DiPietro.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 24 at Ryan-Parke Funeral Home, 120 S. Northwest Hwy., Park Ridge. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 24 at the funeral home.

Memorials have been suggested at the Kalo Foundation/Iannelli Studios, 255 N. Northwest Hwy., Park Ridge, IL 60068.

Ms Barclay and the late Pat Livensparger, who died in 2017, were the founders of CURRB (Citizens United to Retain Residential Balance).

Their decades-long efforts to familiarize themselves with the intricacies of Park Ridge’s zoning ordinances led them to call for improvements and encourage reforms to the city’s codes.

Ms. Barclay has served on several planning committees for the city, including one that rewrote signage ordinances and another that developed the Historic Preservation Commission and local landmark for significant buildings.

His years working for Gillick Real Estate gave him an understanding of the variety of housing in Park Ridge, from 19th century residences to homes built from kits by Sears Roebuck to World War II buildings constructed to house workers in the Douglas aircraft factory. which predated O’Hare Airport.

There was particular interest in local buildings associated with a series of renowned architects. These included Zook & McCaughey and Barry Byrne, who worked with local designer and sculptor Alfonso Iannelli. Prior to working in real estate, she worked in the advertising department of the Journal & Topics Media Group.

There was also an artists’ colony that included the homes and studios that were part of the legacy of Clara Barck Welles and her Kalo boutique, which launched the careers of many Chicago-area goldsmiths and designers.

Learning about Kalo Shop’s contributions led to the creation of the Kalo Foundation, which devoted its early efforts to collecting information about the wider Park Ridge art colony and the generations of local talent who have monitoring.

Kalo raised funds, with the help of a matching grant, to save and restore Iannelli Studios at Northwest Highway and Elm Street. The building (originally an 1850s Penny & Meacham brickworks house and blacksmith shop) had been amalgamated with a liaison office in 1919 by the Iannelli family. It will guide a number of designers and architects in their craft for more than four decades.

The Kalo/Iannelli Studios Foundation now serves as a private, non-profit museum and gallery that the public can visit.

After it turned out there was no protection when one of Cedar Court’s five assorted and architecturally significant houses was demolished, Ms Barclay served as one of the leaders of the committee to the city to establish the Historic Preservation Commission.

HPC designated significant city buildings as landmarks, sponsored poster contests and other activities to help local children learn about buildings in Park Ridge, and provided exhibits for the public.

She was recognized in 2017 as a Community Star recipient at the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce Community Star Night.

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