St. John's United Church of Christ (Staff photo by Renee Bruck)
St. John's United Church of Christ (Staff photo by Renee Bruck)
St. John's United Church of Christ in Madison is a winner of the Indiana Landmarks' annual Rosemary Prentice Award for the restoration of the church after a storm related to Hurricane Ike.

Indiana Landmarks gave the award to four locations in southern Indiana, including winners in Floyd, Perry and Ripley counties.

In 2008, a storm peeled back the roof of the church built in 1844, at 501 E. Main St.

Water damaged the plaster and revealed elaborate decorative painting on the walls of the sanctuary, hidden since the 1930s.

The congregation raised $15,000 to re-create the Victorian interior. Artisans David and Diedre Cart completed the work. Jeannie Sarver and Council President Michael Gourley, with the Carts, accepted the award.

The other winners include the City of New Albany & New Directions Housing Corporation, Tell City Bank and RomWeber Furniture Factory in Batesville.

The Prentice Awards are named in honor of the late advocate who helped create a strong preservation organization in Jeffersonville and led Indiana Landmarks to open a regional office in southern Indiana.

The awards were presented during Indiana Landmarks Movable Feast in Madison on July 26.