There are stairs at the entrance to the church on Booth St, but there is a wheelchair entrance from the parking lot at the back of the church. You can access the parking lot from Lebreton St. The driveway is to the right of No. 178.
This year, we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Church of St. Anthony of Padua in Ottawa. The church was established in 1913 for the local congregation of Italian immigrants in the area that is now Little Italy. We will consider the architecture of the building and the decorative elements, including the frescoes by Guido Nincheri, who is considered the Michelangelo of North America. We will also discuss the history of the surrounding area and the role of St. Anthony's in the community.
We will meet in front of the church and then go inside. People may stay in the church after the walk, if they would like to take a closer look at the structure or the decorative details or to take photos.
The address of the church is 427 Booth St., Ottawa.
Luciano immigrated to Canada in 1966, and has lived in this neighbourhood ever since. He is a well-know guide of walking tours through Little Italy. He is a long-time editor of Il Postino, the newspaper of the local Italian community. Luciano is proud of the contribution that the Italian community has made to the quality of life in Ottawa. He has been a walk leader for Jane's Walk Ottawa since it began in 2008.