First Christian Church of Madison-512 West Main Street

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First Christian Church of Madison-512 West Main Street


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The First Christian Church is located at 512 West Main Street in Madison. The original church building was erected in 1863. In the early morning hours of September 28, 1899, a fire of undetermined origin practically destroyed the entire interior of the church. Only the walls were left intact. The building was restored, and in March of 1901 the first service in the newly renovated building was held. On Christmas Eve of 1989 another disastrous fire broke out, supposedly in the kitchen area of the basement, and this, once again, gutted the entire interior of the church. In the early 1950s the church had purchased adjoining property to the west in order to build a new educational wing and offices. This wing was not damaged by the fire but sustained much water and smoke damage. The church building was completely restored from the fire damage and today continues to serve its membership.


Harry Lemen, photographer


Louis Decar, researcher


Picture taken before 1950 expansion


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Permission to reproduce this image for other than personal use must be requested from the Director of the Madison-Jefferson County Public Library. Please contact at 420 W. Main Street Madison, IN 47250 (812) 265-2744


Photograph taken with Eastman-Kodak Brownie Camera No. 2C model A, using No. 130 film. Resulting negative (2.875in x 4.875in) scanned at 1200 DPI using a Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL. Online jpeg image file saved at 72 DPI 800 to 1000 pixels on long edge.


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Harry Lemen, photographer, "First Christian Church of Madison-512 West Main Street," in Harry Lemen Historic Photo Collection, Item #154, (accessed May 27, 2015).