The stained-glass windows at Broad Street United Methodist Church have a story to tell, and the Columbus Landmarks Foundation wants to help tell that story.

The stained-glass windows at Broad Street United Methodist Church have a story to tell, and the Columbus Landmarks Foundation wants to help tell that story.

Next month the foundation, with support from Franklin Art Glass Studio, will host "Illuminated Spaces: Sacred Places," a spring tour of stained-glass windows in three religious structures along Broad Street.

Along with United Methodist, 501 E. Broad St., the other two religious structures on the tour will be Broad Street Presbyterian Church, 760 E. Broad St., and Congregation Tifereth Israel, 1354 E. Broad St. The event will be held Sunday, April 19, from 1-3 p.m.

Featured at Broad Street UMC will be two stained-glass windows.

Jim Barbee, United Methodist's historian, said one of the windows is a memorial to the wife of David Gray, a founder of the church and prominent community member. The other window is a direct link to the congregation's mother church.

"If I had to pick the top 10 place for stained glass for Columbus, I would put these in," said Doreen Uhas-Sauer, education chair for the Columbus Landmarks Foundation.

This will be the first time the foundation has put together such a tour. In the past, the foundation hosted a tour of religious structures in the winter.

"It has always had a lovely ambiance, but (the tours) did miss some of the major architecture components," Uhas-Sauer said. "One of the things that was frustrating was that you could never see the stained glass."

Uhas-Sauer said the foundation spent a significant amount of time searching through religious structures in the area before it winnowed the list down to three. If the event is successful, she said, the organization plans to host a similar tour in several months.

"This is a first venture for us and we'd like to try it again in a couple of months," Uhas-Sauer said. "If you tried to do more than three (stops) at one time, it's sort of like living in a kaleidoscope."

During the tour, participants will be bused to the three locations where background information will be provided by a local guide. The stained glass ranges in date from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.

Uhas-Sauer said while deciding on the location the foundation purposely chose three diverse locations.

The cost of the bus tour is $25 for non-members and seating is limited. For more information contact the foundation at www. columbuslandmarks.org.