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Posted on: March 11, 2020

Final phase of Timmons Hall restoration underway

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Springfield, MO — The Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s Timmons Hall is nearing the final phase element of restoration to the building: restoration of the original heartleaf pine floor.

Historic Timmons Hall, formerly known as Timmons Temple, opened to the public in 2019 following relocation to the Silver Spring Park and four years of restoration work funded and managed by nonprofit group Friends of Timmons Temple. The former church serves as an event facility operated by the Park Board, offering historical, cultural and educational opportunities.

Sanding and sealing on the floor, also funded by Friends of Timmons Temple, began March 2 and is expected to be complete by March 18. The facility remains closed during this time.

“The floor is one of the historical and character-defining elements of the original building, and will be our final phase of restoration,” said Paula Ringer, President of Friends of Timmons Temple. “It would not be possible without the generosity of private donors, and the superior work of B&B Hardwood Company, who also skillfully worked on the Landers Theatre and the Gillioz restoration. This company has the knowledge base to handle this successfully.”

Timmons Temple Church of God in Christ was built in 1932 at the corner of Webster Street and Texas Avenue, overlooking Silver Springs Park. The small church served Springfield’s African-American community for more than 80 years before the congregation outgrew the building and relocated. Timmons Temple was sold and slated for demolition. Friends of Timmons Temple formed in 2014 to preserve the church, noting its historic significance as well as its unique stone exterior, including sunburst patterns also found in retaining walls in Silver Springs Park. The group coordinated financial and in-kind donations, and in early 2015, Timmons Temple was carefully lifted from its foundation and relocated by about 600 feet into Silver Springs Park.

Ringer said the group always knew the original floor was beneath the carpeting, which was intentionally left in place during for protection during four years of restoration.

“The floor is absolutely gorgeous,” said Bob Belote, Director of Parks. “It’s going to make a huge difference to the facility and the many groups served within historic Silver Springs Park. The Park Board and I are incredibly appreciative of this latest gift on behalf of Friends of Timmons Temple and the generosity and love it truly represents.”

Ringer thanked the numerous donors and businesses that contributed to the building’s restoration.

“Timmons Hall donors may take pride and ownership in funding a rehabilitation effort that has preserved and protected the features and finishes that originally defined Timmons Temple,” said Ringer. “As we close this chapter, we know our entire community benefits, and we are grateful.”

For more information, visit ParkBoard.org/Timmons or contact Christine Peoples, Coordinator of Timmons Hall, at 417-864-1046.

For media inquiries, contact Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-224-5510 (mobile).

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