Hunt On for Huge Gargoyles Missing From US Church

Published: 08th October 2014 07:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th October 2014 07:42 AM   |  A+A-

By AP

WORCESTER — Church officials and preservationists are trying to figure out what happened to several 1.5-ton gargoyles from a Massachusetts church.

The church in Worcester is a one-fifth scale replica of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. It was built in the 1890s and was formerly known as the Chestnut Street Congregational Church. It now is owned by an Assembly of God congregation and is on the market for $2.5 million.

The crumbling building was slated for demolition a decade ago but was saved with the help of Preservation Worcester.

The group's director tells The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/1CS7mbb ) the 3,000-pound (1,360-kilogram) gargoyles were removed for safety reasons by a construction company that went out of business. The company's assets were sold at auction, and the fear is the gargoyles were sold.

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