St. Peter's Church seeks donations to restore historic stained glass

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is ready to restore its historic stained glass windows and is asking for community help in doing so.

“We consider St. Peter’s Church a Milford treasure that has a strong impact on the look of the downtown area, and that’s why we’re reaching out to the public,” said the Rev. Cynthia Knapp, priest-in-charge. “It’s one of the gems of Milford’s historic heritage, and we are doing everything we can to restore it so it will be a blessing to future generations.”

She said people have come from as far away as Washington D.C. to see the windows after learning about them in books and websites. The array includes three Tiffany windows, referring to the distinctive glass and designs made by Tiffany Studios in New York from 1878 to 1933.

“We have also had photographers come at their request to professionally photograph the windows,” said Knapp. “We hope to have those photos turned into note cards for people to purchase and share the blessing of the windows with a wider audience.”

The oldest windows, which are around the altar, date back to 1851 when the current building was built. The most recent ones are in the rear of the church as stained glass windows were added over time with donations from various families.

The parish celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2014, and part of that celebration included guided tours for the public of the stained glass windows.

The plan is to take out any damaged windows and repair them. All windows will have the current milky plastic protective covers replaced by framed, vented, laminated protective glass, making the historic windows clearly visible from the outside. These covers will not deteriorate in the sun over time like the current ones have.

“It will make the building so much more beautiful,” Knapp said, “especially at night.”

In recent years, the inside of the church as been refurbished and the steeple repaired, she said. “Now it’s time to restore the windows, but it’s a big job and we are hoping for the community’s help.”

Donations can be made by writing a check made out to St. Peter’s Church and sent to 71 River Street, Milford, CT 06460. Write “windows” in the memo line. Payment on the web is possible by going to and click on “E-Giving.”

Mary Taylor United Methodist Church in downtown Milford is in the process of restoring its stained glass windows, also.