| Anthony DePace|
Morris High School
| July 13, 1892Italy|
1977, New York City, New York, United States
Anthony J. DePace Wikipedia
Anthony J. DePace (1892–1977) was an American architect who designed numerous Roman Catholic churches throughout the Northeastern United States area during the mid to late 20th century.
DePace was born on July 13, 1892 in Italy. Shortly thereafter he emigrated to the United States and moved to the Bronx in New York where he lived for the rest of his life. He was educated at Morris High School (Bronx, New York) and studied evenings at the Engineering and Architecture School of New York University, earning a degree there in architectural engineering.
Upon graduation, he entered the firm of Alfred C. Bossom where he rose to the position of chief draftsman from 1917 to 1920, or alternatively recorded as 1916 to 1921. He then moved to the firm of Cass Gilbert from 1920 to 1923 and served as project manager for the construction of the New York Life Building in New York City, on the hallowed site of Richard M. Upjohn's Madison Square Presbyterian Church, New York City (1854) and later Stanford White's Madison Square Presbyterian Church, New York City (1906).
The NY Life Insurance Tower was erected late in Cass Gilbert's career when the architect had withdrawn from most aspects of design and client relations, even for important projects. While Gilbert was the lead designer of the NY Life, it has been widely reported in his biographies that he appeared very uninterested in the project when meeting with clients and left most of the work to his staff. This might suggest a greater role for DePace.
In 1923, DePace left Cass Gilbert and formed DePace and Juster, in partnership with Samuel Juster. The firm continued in practice until 1947 when the partnership was dissolved.
DePace established his own firm under his own name in 1947 and continued this practice until his death. His office was located at 151 West 46th Street, New York City. However, the firm of Anthony J. DePace, AIA was not listed in the third edition of the American Architects Directory, published 1970.
DePace was a registered architect in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania. He considered his principle works to be St. James's Hospital (Newark, New Jersey) (1960), Cathedral High School (Hartford, Connecticut) (1960), Norwalk Cathedral High School (Norwalk, Connecticut) (1960), Pelham Bay General Hospital (Bronx, New York) (1960), Immaculate Heart Academy (Bergen County, New Jersey) (1961).
Over his long career, DePace is remembered as a prolific designer of Roman Catholic churches, schools, rectories and convents. Throughout his career he worked closely with several Roman Catholic Diocese including the Archdiocese of New York (Southern New York), Archdiocese of Newark (Northern New Jersey), Archdiocese of Hartford (Connecticut), Diocese of Brooklyn (Brooklyn and Queens, New York City), Diocese of Bridgeport (Connecticut), and Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts. Although his work was prolific, he never achieved critical recognition.1929: Gold Medal for 5th Ave, 640 Madison Ave
1950: Honorable Mention for Holy Year (Rome, Italy) for St. Peter Church (Bridgeport, Connecticut).
An illustration of his work was published in Illustration of Modern Church Design (1932).
Archdiocese of New York:1925: St. Dominic Church, Bronx, New York
1929-1931 St. Clare of Assisi Church, Bronx, New York
1930, 1970 St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus Church, Pelham Bay (both the first church (1930) and its replacement (1970s))
1931: St. Roch's Church, Bronx, NY (as DePace & Juster)
1939: St. Vincent De Paul Church, New York, NY (façade (1939), church by Henry Engelbert (1857)
1949: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, Bronx, New York
St. Valentine Church, Bronx, New York (now St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Church)
St. Vito Church, Mamaroneck, New York
Sacred Heart Church, Newburgh, New York
Nazareth High School, Brooklyn, New York
Diocese of Brooklyn:Basilica of Regina Pacis, Brooklyn, New York
Our Lady of Grace Church, Brooklyn, New York
St. Adalbert Church, Queens, New York
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Ozone Park, New York
Archdiocese of Newark:St. Aloysius Church, Caldwell, New Jersey
Holy Family Church, Nutley, New Jersey
St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Bloomfield, New Jersey
St. Rose of Lima Church, East Hanover, New Jersey
St. Ann Church Fair Lawn, New Jersey
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Montclair, New Jersey
St. Catherine of Sienna Church, Cedar Grove, New Jersey
Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Jersey City, New Jersey
Holy Rosary School, Jersey City, New Jersey
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Irvington, New Jersey
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Orange, New Jersey
Most Holy Name Church, Garfield, New Jersey
Archdiocese of Hartford:Holy Cross Church, New Britain, Connecticut
St. Ann Church, New Britain, Connecticut
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Waterbury, Connecticut
St. Ann Church, Hamden, Connecticut
Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut:St. Ambrose Church, Bridgeport, Connecticut
Holy Rosary Church, Bridgeport, Connecticut
St. Peter Church, Bridgeport, Connecticut
St. Emery Church, Fairfield, Connecticut
St. Anthony Church, Fairfield, Connecticut
Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts:Sacred Heart Church Milford, Massachusetts
Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts:Christ the King Church, Ludlow, Massachusetts
St. Anthony Church, North Adams, Massachusetts
St. Thomas Church, Palmer, Massachusetts
elsewhere:Christ the King Church, Columbus, Ohio
Liberal Arts Building and Rotunda at Marywood College, Scranton, Pennsylvania (with Professor Gonippo Raggi, artist)
1937: convent at St. Gabriel's Catholic Parish Complex, Hazleton, Pennsylvania.