After a move to Silver Springs Park in 2015 and renovation efforts, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board is hosting a grand opening ceremony for Timmons Hall on Saturday, June 29.
Timmons Hall was known as Timmons Temple of God in Christ. It was built in 1932 at the corner of Webster and Texas Avenue, overlooking Silver Springs Park. The Temple was a focal point for the community’s African-American population for over 80 years before the congregation outgrew the facility and moved, opening up the historic building to the possibility of demolition. A non-profit group raised enough funds to save the building and move it 600 feet into Silver Springs Park.
“I’m excited because I know this Timmons Hall will bring the community together,” Christine Peoples, Coordinator of Timmons Hall, said in a statement. “It’s going to take you back in time, and forward as well. And it will benefit the next generation. It’s just going to be epic.”
The non-profit Friends of Timmons Temple has spent the last four years coordinating needed renovations to the facility while maintaining the building’s facade. In addition to a new foundation, roof, front entrance, windows, and other improvements, the group also was able to restore the building’s original hardwood oak floors and add 1932-style paint and fixtures.
“It’s amazing to realize that over five years ago we began the volunteer effort to preserve historic Timmons Temple by relocating it to Silver Springs Park,” Paula Ringer, president of Friends of Timmons Temple, said in a statement. “Many didn’t think it was possible, and we almost didn’t think it was. But we were successful because of the collaborative support of the developer, private donors, the Park Board and the generous donations of expertise and labor from our local Trades Council and many others. This project is a monument to having faith!”
The grand opening will feature music, photos, a ribbon-cutting, remarks from community dignitaries, and refreshments. There is no cost to attend the grand opening, although donations will be accepted, and seating is limited so residents are asked to RSVP for the event by calling 417-864-1046.
The grand opening event will be followed by a Juneteenth celebration in the park from noon until 4 p.m..