December 24, 1998
T.B. Penick & Sons' General Construction Division has completed the final design/build phase on the $1 million, 5,500 square foot St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church located at 18th and Harding in National City, according to Marc Penick, vice president of general construction for T.B. Penick. T.B. Penick was contracted by the Catholic Diocese of San Diego to rebuild the church on the site of the parish's previous church that was destroyed by fire four years ago. Father William Lawson, pastor for St. Anthony's, oversaw the design process for the parish.
According to Joel King, Director of Construction Services for the Diocese, the location, site, cultural aspects and liturgical requirements all had to be addressed before the church could be reconstructed. The church had to be built whitin budget and on time without sacrificing the interiors and overall design of the church. King added, T.B. Penick stood fast on quality and engineered a creative budget.
According to Penick, the architectural design of 350-seat church was modeled after the historical Mission Santa Clara and features mission style elements including its rectangular shape with gabled and tiled roofs and smooth stucco exterior finish. A 25 foot high rotunda or Blessed Sacrament Chapel, houses the tabernacle behind the altar on the main axis of the church thereby creating a building within a building.
"The church interior features colored concrete floors with tile surrounds, adoquin stone columns imported from Mexico and exposed wood trusses," commented Penick. "Solid-wood pews were purchased from a church that was under renovation in San Francisco and shipped to the church at a considerable cost savings. The slightly worn pews add to the church's overall historical ambiance."