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Wilmington in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

St. Anthony of Padua

Roman Catholic Church

 
 
St. Anthony of Padua Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 7, 2013
1. St. Anthony of Padua Marker
Inscription. By the late 1800s, the opportunities offered by Wilmington’s expanding economy made it a desirable destination for persons from Italy seeking freedom and prosperity. Settlement accelerated in the early 20th century, and in 1924, the Bishop of Wilmington appointed Father J. Francis Tucker, OSFS to establish a parish for the city’s rapidly growing Italian community. There would be no physical boundaries to the parish, so that it could serve all those unified by Italian culture and heritage. Father Tucker and his building committee began fundraising immediately. On Christmas Eve 1924, the parish gathered together for the first timed to celebrate Midnight Mass in a temporary chapel which had been constructed. On January 4, 1925. St Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church was formally incorporated, and on March 8, ground was broken for the present place of worship. Many parishioners were highly skilled artisans, and their talents are reflected in his impressive Italianate edifice. One year later, on Palm Sunday, the first Mass was celebrated in the new building. On June 13, 1926, the church was officially dedicated during the Feast of St. Anthony. The bell tower was completed in 1938, and stained glass windows were added in 1940. St Anthony of Padua Church was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
 
Erected
St. Anthony of Padua Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 7, 2013
2. St. Anthony of Padua Marker
2008 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-180.)
 
Location. 39° 45.145′ N, 75° 33.996′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is at the intersection of West 9st Street and North Dupont Street on West 9st Street. Click for map. The marker is affixed to the front of the church on the right side as you face the church. Marker is in this post office area: Wilmington DE 19805, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tilton Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Soldiers and Sailors Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wilmington Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Christopher Columbus (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cool Spring Park (approx. half a mile away); William "Judy" Johnson Park (approx. half a mile away); Frank E. Schoonover Studios (approx. half a mile away); Delaware Children's Theatre (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wilmington.
 
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The Main Entrance to the Church image. Click for full size.
By Stephen J Duncan, May 13, 2013
3. The Main Entrance to the Church
The Church Bell Tower image. Click for full size.
By Stephen J Duncan, May 13, 2013
4. The Church Bell Tower
St. Anthony of Padua Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Stephen J Duncan, May 13, 2013
5. St. Anthony of Padua Fountain
The fountain sits directly in front of the church.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 307 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Stephen J Duncan of Wilmington, Delaware. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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