St. John's award is well deserved
Saturday, August 03, 2013 5:00 AM
Congratulations to St. John's United Church of Christ for being selected for an historic preservation award.
The church is a winner of the Indiana Landmarks' annual Rosemary Prentice Award for restoration work after a storm in 2008 did considerable damage.
The storm peeled back the roof of the church which was built in 1844.
Water damaged the plaster and revealed elaborate decorative painting on the walls of the sanctuary, hidden since the 1930s.
Restorations of old buildings are expensive. The congregation raised $15,000 to re-create the Victorian interior. Artisans David and Diedre Cart completed the work.
In 2012, the church received Historic Madison Inc.'s Dottie Reindollar award for its restoration project.
Accepting the Reindollar Award for the church was Mike Gourley, the church Council President, who at the time said that the restoration was to carry on "the reason it was put there in the first place ... to glorify God's name."
The Prentice Award is 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.