WORCESTER, Mass. (CBS Connecticut/AP) – 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 the 3,000-pound 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.

“Our fear is that the gargoyles were taken out and subsequently may have been sold,” Deborah Packard told the newspaper. “Our intent is to find these gargoyles and have them placed back on the building.”

Historical Commission members say not only do the gargoyles belong to the church, but they also belong to the city.

“They are sort of all our ours in a way,” Timothy McCann, a member of the Historical Commission, said.

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