St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church (Wilmington, Delaware)

St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church

The entrance to the main church building sanctuary.
Location West 9th & North DuPont Streets, Wilmington, Delaware
Coordinates 39°45′09″N 75°34′00″W / 39.752593°N 75.566747°W / 39.752593; -75.566747Coordinates: 39°45′09″N 75°34′00″W / 39.752593°N 75.566747°W / 39.752593; -75.566747
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1924
Architectural style Romanesque Revival
NRHP Reference # 84000851[1]
Added to NRHP May 3, 1984

St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church is a Roman Catholic church in Wilmington, Delaware. Named in honor of Anthony of Padua, it falls within the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington and is operated by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. It is situated in Wilmington's Little Italy neighborhood, where the parish includes St. Anthony's School (adjacent to the church) and Padua Academy.

Every June, the church runs an Italian Festival, a week-long event which celebrates the Feast of Saint Anthony. This festival features four outdoor cafes, each with their own live entertainment, and unique food selections. The Festival is the second-largest of its kind in the United States. Admission fees were established for the first time in 2008.[2]

The Romanesque revival architectural style owes its inspiration to the Basilica di San Zeno in Verona, Italy.[3][4] Italian immigrants who settled in the area took seven years to construct the building. Construction was led by Ernesto DiSabatino who later founded EDiS Company and received the Papal Cross of Honor Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice for his efforts for the construction of the church.

The church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.[1]

See also


  1. 1 2 National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. Loudell, Allan (2008-06-16). "Postmortem on Saint Anthony's Italian Festival". WDEL. Retrieved 2009-05-29.
  3. Balducelli, Roberto (2001-11-17). "St. Anthony's is an artistic treasure trove". About Town. Retrieved 2009-05-29.
  4. Alan Hawk (December 1983). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Old St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church" (PDF). and Accompanying 17 photos
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