By CHRISTIN COYNE
A vandal or vandals who painted two City of Weatherford buildings over the weekend are believed to be responsible for causing nearly $30,000 in damage to a nearby historic church’s stained glass window.
Father Eric Vowles said it appeared someone repeatedly struck the west-facing Christ the King window of All Saints Anglican Church in 100 block of South Waco Street, damaging several areas of the glass.
A paint can, matching the color of paint used to deface nearby city property sometime between 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday, was found in the bushes near the window and is believed to have struck the glass window, knocking a hole in it.
A rock was also found on the window ledge underneath a smaller hole.
Though the window is insured, the small church will still have to come up with $5,000 to restore the window, according to Vowles.
Repair companies have indicated that the window will have to be removed from the top down because of the damage to four of the lower supporting panels of the window and the glass then reset in the mortar, a process that is expected to take a couple months.
The window depicting Christ on his throne is just one of many stained glass works of art on each side of the church building where about 100 to 110 congregants attend services but it is one of the most important.
“This is obviously the biggest light source window,” Vowles said. “It’s a little dark in here sometimes. But we’re going to have to board this up so it’s obviously going to affect our worship.”
Designed and installed in November 1977 by Smith Brothers Stained Glass Studio in Fort Worth, a company no longer in business, the window is important to some congregants for other reasons, as well.