Look out of any window

Minnesota church to be demolished, seeks new home for stained glass

March 13, 2013

Stained glass window

The window from Westminster Church-Duluth is looking for a new home. —Paul Rigstad


The building occupied by Westminster Presbyterian Church in Duluth, Minn., is slated to be demolished soon, including a large stained-glass window in the church’s sanctuary.

The building was damaged beyond repair in last summer’s Midwest flooding.

Before the building comes down, members of the church are seeking a buyer for the triangular-shaped window, which was not damaged.

The window, which measures 39 feet wide by 11 feet high, is made of 24 separate sections. It is valued by its creator at $62,000. “We would probably accept less than that if necessary,” says Paul Rigstad, who is trying to find a new home for the window on behalf of the Westminster congregation. 

Time is of the essence, says Jean Abramson, Westminster’s clerk of session. The city of Duluth and Minnesota’s Department of natural resources “are in control of the timeline for the demolition,” she says, “and we’ve been told it may happen in the next six weeks.”

Questions concerning the window should be directed to Paul Rigstad at 218-727-6576.

  1. Hello, As a designer and builder of stained glass windows and panels, I also repair and refurbish windows. It is always sad to know that that art created for God's purpose is slated to possible destruction. I hope not! Have you considered removing the panels and saving them for your new church home. If you would like to schedule a meeting to discuss the possible options to have this marvelous piece of artwork continue in your congregation I would welcome the opportunity to visit with you. Please check oout my website and call me if this is a consideration. My regards, Douglas Fliss

    by Douglas J Fliss

    April 3, 2013

  2. Nice headline Jerry! I knew you wrote this! :) The window looks beautiful, I hope it finds a home. Maybe they will find direction, around some corner where its been waiting to meet them.

    by Steve Aeschbacher

    March 14, 2013