St. Anthony of Padua Shrine Church, Troy, NY


The town of Troy, NY does not have much mid-century architecture to ponder. The town proper is more well-known for its extremely intact Victorian era downtown and neighboring residential areas, some of which were used in place of Gilded Age New York City for Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of The Age of Innocence. At the corner of State Street and Third Street is St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, with its amazing Tiffany interior.



Behind it on State Street is St. Anthony of Padua Shrine Church from 1964. This mid-century church is clad in orange brick with abstract stained or colored glass windows and the image of St. Anthony above the entrance in marble. The interior is relatively restrained. The church also features a few other nice original details like the unusual door handles at the entrance.


Next to the church is the earlier St. Anthony School, dating from 1956 and an auditorium and friary that most likely date to that time. All are clad in similar brick and have aluminum and limestone trim.

IMG_7156In this image of St. Anthony School, St. Paul’s tower can be seen in the background.

IMG_7159The neighboring Rev. Thomas A. Deluca auditorium. Note the original projecting flat entrance roof and the glass corridor connecting it to the school, fronted by a statue of St. Anthony of Padua.


The friary behind the school and next to the church.

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3 Responses to St. Anthony of Padua Shrine Church, Troy, NY

  1. marmer01 says:

    The 1963 church is by Harrison and Mero, a Troy architecture and engineering firm with partners William Harrison ’32 and James Mero ’40, both Rensselaer graduates. I can’t find anything about the school but that might well be H&M, too. They did a bunch of schools.

  2. marmer01 says:

    Thanks for the kind words. My best sources are the AIA Historical Directory of American Architects (search “some unique string” and, to which I have a paid subscription. I’m also pretty good at crafting Google searches, which is how I found the Fridy project. I’m still trying to figure out Ezrath Israel. I have a friend who’s active in an Orthodox synagogue in Yonkers but I haven’t heard back yet. Her internet activity is infrequent. The St. Anthony info is from a Troy newspaper in After learning the name from the article about the new church, I back checked Harrison and Mero in the AIA directory.

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