Historic stained glass stolen

Four two-metre high pieces of stained glass went missing between Sept. 17-23.

Four two-metre high pieces of stained glass went missing between Sept. 17-23.

CHRIS DOUCETTE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:17 AM ET

TORONTO - John F. Taylor could have peered out through the gorgeous stained glass windows of his newly-built home on the edge of the Don Valley in the early 1890s and looked down at the now historic brick company that he and his two brothers founded.

But 120 years later, the four colourful panels of glass depicting the four seasons, which were installed in an oversized, three-sided window on the south side of the Queen Anne Revival-style house, have been stolen.

"These windows are definitely priceless," Toronto Police Const. Tony Vella said Tuesday of the stained glass taken from 2 O'Connor Dr. "It's impossible to put a dollar value on them because of their historical significance."

The home once owned by Taylor -- a member of one of East York's founding families, who owned Don Valley Brick Works and Todmorden Mills -- served as a long-term care facility called the Ina Grafton Gage Home throughout the latter part of the 20th century.

But it was recently purchased by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto and was under renovation.

However, the section of the original house where the stained glass was located is deemed a heritage site by the city and was to remain intact.

It's believed the thief, or thieves, entered the property at Broadview Ave. and O'Connor Dr. and removed the two-metre high windows some time between Sept. 17-23.

"I've never heard of stained glass stolen before," Const. Dave Bosco, of 54 Division, said of the theft. "To be honest, I had no idea there was a market for this sort of thing."

Because of how the property is situated, the crooks could have gone in, removed the glass and driven off without ever being seen from the street, he said. Even if the robbery was committed during the day while workers were at the site, the thieves could easily have been assumed to be just another work crew.

chris.doucette@sunmedia.ca


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