St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church

1049 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City

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Facts

ArchitectEdwin F. Durang; other projects included Academy of Music in Philadelphia
StyleRomanesque Revival
ShapeCruciform
Dimensions150′ length, 76′ front facing Pacific Avenue, 120′ towers
Altars5
Stained glass windows142, made in Germany and Philadelphia
Murals18

History

July 6, 1902Cornerstone laid. 2,000 people attend ceremony, including the Knights of Columbus and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
September 17, 1905Church completed and consecrated by Bishop James McFaul of Trenton. The church cost $128,000. In less than 9 years, the debt was paid.
1935Baptistery and significant decorations added
1977Interior work done, including repainting walls and ceiling in current cream color and faux-marble painting of columns. Some original art was painted over.
1980’sCurrent floor and pews installed
February 2, 2001Church added to the National Register of Historic Places
2009New roof installed and exterior masonry re-pointed
Fall 2019Transepts restored by EverGreene Architectural Arts
The transepts were restored in Fall 2019
St. Rita altar