Basilica Shrine of St. Mary (Wilmington, North Carolina)

Church in North Carolina, United States

Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary
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Location Wilmington, North Carolina
Country United States
Denomination Catholic Church
Website https://www.saintmarybasilica.org
History
Status Minor Basilica/Parish
Dedication Mary, mother of Jesus
Dedicated April 28, 1912
Architecture
Functional status Active
Architect(s) Rafael Guastavino
Style Spanish Baroque
Groundbreaking May 20, 1908
Completed 1912
Specifications
Number of spires Two
Materials Brick
Administration
Diocese Raleigh
Clergy
Bishop(s) Luis R. Zarama
Vicar(s) Chesco Garcia
Pastor(s) Thomas Davis

St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Basilica Shrine of St. Mary (Wilmington, North Carolina) is located in North Carolina

Basilica Shrine of St. Mary (Wilmington, North Carolina)

Basilica Shrine of St. Mary (Wilmington, North Carolina) is located in the United States

Basilica Shrine of St. Mary (Wilmington, North Carolina)

Location 412 Ann St.
Wilmington, North Carolina
Coordinates

34°13′55.9″N 77°56′35.9″W / 34.232194°N 77.943306°W / 34.232194; -77.943306Coordinates: 34°13′55.9″N 77°56′35.9″W / 34.232194°N 77.943306°W / 34.232194; -77.943306

Part of Wilmington Historic District (ID74001364[1])
Added to NRHP May 6, 1974

The Basilica Shrine of St. Mary is a Minor Basilica in the Catholic Church located in Wilmington, North Carolina,[2] in the Diocese of Raleigh. It was included as a contributing property in the Wilmington Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[3]

Architecture[edit]

Its historic main church is of the Spanish Baroque style. It was designed by Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino, who is known for his work on the Biltmore Estate, Basilica of St. Lawrence, and Duke Chapel. The church was constructed without wooden or steel beams and without nails, instead using brick tile.

The Basilica Shrine of St. Mary also hosts the St. Mary Catholic School. The school hosts children from grades kindergarten to eighth grade. The school was founded by the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in 1869 under the request of Bishop James Gibbons. The school was named Academy of the Incarnation. Another school, for poor girls, called St. Peter’s Parochial School for Girls was also created. These schools were later closed.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^

    “National Register Information System”. National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.

  2. ^ “Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary”.
  3. ^ “Wilmington Historic District” (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2017-03-22.
  4. ^ “Archived copy”. Archived from the original on 2012-03-10. Retrieved 2014-07-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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