Lizzadro Museum

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art recognized for contributions to Park District's Mission

Lizzadro Foundation and Elmhurst Park District Board of Park Commissioner

A resolution honoring Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art was unanimously passed at the Monday, May 14, 2019 Elmhurst Park District Board of Park Commissioners meeting.

The museum, currently located in Wilder Park, is moving to a new location in the fall of 2019, but the museum’s contribution to Elmhurst and the Park District will continue to be remembered for years to come.

Executive Director Rogers updates Park Board on Lizzadro Museum discussions

In summer 2013, Lizzadro Museum representatives began discussions with Park District staff about the future of the museum. Museum staff made a presentation to the Park District Board of Commissioners on January 28, 2015 to explore the possibility of constructing a new, larger facility in Wilder Park to replace the current structure, which according to Museum Director Dorothy Asher is no longer conducive to their needs.

May 27, 2015 Lizzadro Museum Presents to Park Board

At the January 28, 2015 Park Board Meeting, four representatives of the Lizzadro Museum appeared before the Board - Andy Joseph, architect of Wight & Co., John Lizzadro, board member, Lou Lizzadro, board member, and Dorothy Asher, Museum Director.  Director Asher requested the Board provide direction as to a specific location for a new museum in Wilder Park and stated that the museum’s current facility no longer supports the museum’s needs and the lack of direct street access has hindered the museum and its visitors.  Architect Joseph presented a slideshow displaying four pote

Lizzadro Museum Presents to Park Board January 28, 2015

The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art presented at the January 28, 2015 meeting of the Park Board to explore the possibility of building a new museum in Wilder Park, operating the existing museum during construction and  eventually ceasing operations in the current building. 

New location possibilities were presented and the Park Board briefly disucussed these options. The Park Board recommended that the museum hold public meetings to garner community opinions and feedback.

Lizzadro Museum - History of Wilder Park Location

In May of 1961 the Elmhurst Park District entered into an agreement with the Joseph Lizzadro Family Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation, to provide land for the construction and operation of the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art (Museum).  The Elmhurst Park Board felt that the addition of the museum in Wilder Park would be advantageous to the Park District and the citizens of Elmhurst.