Wellington museum building damaged, temporarily closed

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WELLINGTON, Kan. (KAKE) -

The National Glass Museum is temporarily closed in downtown Wellington.

Overnight Friday, the front of the building collapsed, along with much of the front brick facade.

"It's been leaning and getting worse all the time. We had hoped that wouldn't happen but it did," said Pam Meyer, president of the National Depression Glass Association.

"It kind of takes your breath away, if you think about it. But, thank goodness it was in the middle of the night and it didn't hurt anybody."

The landlord said much of the rain this year contributed to what happened this weekend. He is working with contractors to rebuild and hopes the work will be completed by the end of September.

"We're pleased to be there. Can't imagine being anywhere else, to tell you the truth. So happy that we made that decision a number of years ago to come into Wellington and we're happy to stay there," said Meyer.

The association plans to have an emergency meeting via phone conference, since most of its members do not live in Wellington.

The museum displays American-made glassware from the Great Depression era. 

None of the museum pieces were damaged.

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