Donations: Tiffany Windows Restoration
Left: Damaged Window. Right: Original
Sadly, in the middle of the night of November 10th, 2011, someone climbed the exterior construction scaffolding of the Church of the Covenant, Boston and apparently used a fire extinguisher to break out the lower portion of a Tiffany stained glass window depicting the disciple Dorcas. They then dropped into the Sanctuary (where there was no other damage or vandalism) and used another fire extinguisher to break into Gallery NAGA where some computers were stolen.
The Dorcas window is one of 42 Tiffany stained glass windows that are an integral part of the largest Tiffany-designed church interior in the country. It is one of 20 multilayered figure windows that epitomize the beauty and artistry of Tiffany glass art.
It is sad and frustrating to have something beautiful and meaningful to us damaged, especially in such a foolish and destructive way. Our calling to be present in the city makes us vulnerable to this kind of loss. We ask prayers for the person/people who acted out in this way and whatever desperation or other motive drove them. We pray that God’s Spirit would comfort our community’s hurt over this and reconfirm our commitment to love – and sometimes be called upon to forgive – our neighbors.
On January 4, 2012, the Boston Globe ran an article about the damage done to this “shattered treasure” of Tiffany art and our hopes for restoring this precious window. Please click here to see additional pictures related to the damage and restoration of this window.
We need your help with the cost of Tiffany stained glass restoration. Any and all amounts donated will be completely used for Tiffany window restoration at Church of the Covenant.
Below you can see a video report on the break-in, damage caused, and the restoration of the Dorcas window.
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