Two stained glass windows broken following suspected vandalism at the historic Old St Stephen’s Church in Longmont
Longmont Police are investigating alleged vandalism at one of the city‘s historic buildings, Old St. Stephen’s Church on Main Street, after two of the building’s stained glass windows were shattered.
Alyce DeSantis, executive director of the St. Vrain Historical Society, said two of the church’s stained glass windows were shattered by rocks — a window above the front door and a middle window on the south side of the building.
Trailhead Church members, who rented the building from the historical society, entered the building Thursday night and saw the broken windows, said Trailhead pastor David Barton.
“There’s broken glass everywhere in there,” he said.
Barton said church members saw the broken windows around 6:45 p.m., emailed DeSantis, and notified police.
Longmont Public Safety Department spokesman Robin Ericson said the exact time of the damage was unknown. She added that police are investigating surveillance footage in the area.
Barton said a rock thrown through the south window landed inside on the other side of the building, and a rock thrown in the front window rebounded back outside. All 100 chairs used as pews are covered in glass and ruined, Barton said.
Trailhead Church is planning an alternate location for its Sunday service, but Barton believes it can return to Old St. Stephen’s Church in about a week.
“Our internal situation will be resolved,” he said. “It’s more about a historic building and historic glass. The feeling for this in the community is not positive. People in the community really resonate with this building. This feels like a breach in our community that is impacting people as a whole.”
DeSantis said the church’s windows were reproduced to reflect the original windows from the time the church was built in 1881.
“We own three other properties in the community,” DeSantis said. “Maintenance and operation are a heavy financial burden for us. This is compounded by COVID. We have been essentially limited in our fundraising efforts. We’re trying to collect ourselves and that’s what happened. It’s just a really, really sad and horrible situation.”
Longmont Police Department is asking anyone with information about the damage to call 303-651-8555 and provide Reference Report #22-6492.
People can call 303-776-1870 or email [email protected] to donate to the historical society.