Anthony J. DePace
|Anthony J. DePace|
Holy Cross Church, New Britain CT
July 13, 1892|
New York City
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.
Early life and education
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The NY Life Insurance Tower was erected late in Cass Gilbert's career when the architect had withdrawn from most aspects of design and client relations, even for important projects.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.
DePace and Juster (1923-1947)
Anthony J. DePace, AIA (1947-1977)
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.
Honors, awards, and publication
- 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
- 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.
- DePace, Anthony J. (1953). "AIA Architect Roster Questionnaire, 1953". American Institute of Architects Roster. American Institute of Architects. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
- American Architects Directory, Second Edition (New York City: R.R. Bowker LLC, 1962)
- American Architects Directory, Third Edition (New York City: R.R. Bowker LLC, 1970)
- History of St. Teresa School (with photo of Mr. Depace)
- Norval White, Elliot Willensky, with Fran Leadon, AIA Guide to New York City (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).
- description of the Moller organ at St. Roch Church Archived May 10, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
- White, Norval; Willensky, Elliot; Leadon, Fran (2010). AIA Guide to New York City. American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (Fifth ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 823. ISBN 978-0-19-538386-7.
- Letter requesting protection of St. Vincent De Paul
- Holy Family Parish History
- St. Thomas Acquinas Parish History
- St. Rose of Lima Parish History
- St. Ann, Fair Lawn
- Liberal Arts Building and Rotunda at Marywood College
- "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. Note: This includes Robert Janosov and Lawrence Newman (n.d.). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: St. Gabriel's Catholic Parish Complex" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-05.
- information on St. Gabriel Convent