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VIDEO: Church windows threatened over building project

Different walks of life.

We do things regardless of someone's past, so when people are entering this job field >>> rob vaughn: progress meets priceless antiques in carbon county.

Wfmz's bo koltnow explains how a 21s?

Century building project threatens a 19t?

Century church and its priceless windows.

>>reporter inside jim thorpe's st.

Marks church is a holy trinity of antiquity.

The 150 year old building is home to a 19th century 24 karat gold hand painted ceiling, a replica windsor castle reredos, signed off by england's queen victoria, and stained glass windows made by louis tiffany himself.

>>mary shorten tiffany could do things with glass no one else could replicate.

See the rainbow in the chalice.

If you look at the drape table cloth you can see the face of christ coming through like the shroud.

>>reporter sexton mary shorten is on a crusade to protect them.

>>mary shorten if any of this is lost we are never getting it back.

>>reporter the fear stems over a mult?million dollar county office project set to be built below the church.

Shorten is concerned construction vibration will damage or destroy the windows and reredos..and possibly the church itself.

.>> this concerns you why?

This is the foundation of our church.

>>reporter construction will dig deep into flagstaff mountain.

>> if have damage to this, the rest of building in jeopardy?


>>wayne nothstein have to understand with blasting there is no warning, with drilling there is warning.

>>reporter carbon county commissioner wayne nothestein says there will be no blasting..and engineers will monitor drilling vibrations, that nothstein says could be shut off immediately if those vibrations threaten the church.

>> can you make a promise to the church that no damage will be done to any historical artifact?

You can never promise 100% but i'm 99.999% sure we are doing everything we can to not damage the tiffany glass.

>>reporter meaning faith has never been stronger for shorten and st.

Mark's congregation.

>>mary our church is our church and we will worship here anyway but again it's a piece of our history that would be taken away needlessly.

>>reporter bo koltnow

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