CSU Police Want Your Help to Catch Danforth Chapel Vandals
Colorado State University police want your help to solve a burglary that caused damage to the Danforth Chapel on the CSU Oval. Police believe vandals shattered a one-of-a-kind stained glass window between 5 p.m. Saturday, October 22 and 5:30 a.m. Sunday, October 23.
The burglars broke into the chapel through a large, floor to ceiling stained glass window, which faced west, shattering a two-foot by three-foot panel. While in the chapel, the suspects are believed to have gone through several cabinets and storage areas.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact CSUPD at 970-491-6425.
About Danforth Chapel
The chapel was built in 1954 at the north end of the Oval on Laurel Street and Oval Drive. Heralded as one of the most beautiful buildings on campus, the chapel was designed by renowned architect James Hunter, and is known as a non-denominational gathering place that features copper doors, walnut pews and, most famously, stained glass.
About the Stained Glass Window
The window was crafted from mouth-blown glass made with techniques used in the 12th century for cathedral glass. It includes glass pieces imported from expert craftsmen in England, France and Germany. University Facilities Management is currently working with the original window manufacturer in West Virginia to determine the value of the window, but estimate that it will total in the thousands of dollars. Facilities is also working to see if a panels matching the original design can be recreated.