Sunday, July 22, 2007
St John’s Episcopal Church
1537 Neptune Avenue, Wilmington – map
With the support of Mary Hollister Banning, second wife of Wilmington founder Phineas Banning, this frame church was built in 1883 for the Episcopal congregation established seven years earlier. The church originally stood about a mile away at 422 North Avalon Boulevard and was moved to the present site in 1943.
St John's maintains its record of being the oldest building being in continuous use for religious services in the harbor area. It's now home to the St John’s and Holy Child Episcopal Church, part of the Philippine Independent Catholic Church. The Reverend Greg G. Bayaca presides.
The grounds were fenced off pretty tight the Sunday when the Big Orange Landmarks staff was there, so I’ve got shots of the east and south sides only.
Don’t confuse this St John’s Episcopal Church with the one built some forty years later in Exposition Park. That building’s Historic-Cultural Landmark No. 516.
Up next: Chavez Ravine Arboretum