I discovered the former St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church somehow in the Walnut Park neighborhood, so I went by to take some pictures. Founded in 1919, It’s based off Lombard Romanesque architecture, which I saw in Milan in churches such as Saint Ambrose.
But really there are all sorts of hulking piles of monumental stone all over northern Italy that this church owes a debt of inspiration to. I really love the design of this church, and the day I went by there were people coming and going, doing some cleaning work on a Saturday. I’m glad that a new congregation can use it.
The back has a huge apse, much like a post-Reformation church might have, and its bell tower continues the theme of a Lombard church would have.
There was a school next door, as well, which is in good condition.
It is also in use today, as well, and I am happy to see this church and its campus still functioning as a landmark in the neighborhood.
St. Philip Neri and St. Adalbert were closed in 1993 to create Simon of Cyrene in the former’s campus. Simon of Cyrene then in turn closed in 2005.