O’Malley & Fitzsimmon’s church is small but powerful. Using Italian Renaissance-inspired forms for a parish of Italian-Americans, it features an elaborate façade and prominent campanile. The red tapestry brick used here was a favorite of 1920s architects. The Reverend Monsignor Galliano J. Cavallaro oversaw the church’s refurbishing in 1967, which culminated with the installation of bright, modern stained glass designed by Marchese & Mammersma. Monsignor Cavallaro’s honorary portrait bust is the focus of a small public park across the street, dedicated to him as part of the late 1970s revitalization of Federal Hill.
– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture