Host your next event at historic Timmons Hall in Silver Springs Park, marked on the Springfield-Greene County African-American Heritage Trail.
Timmons Hall, formerly known as Timmons Temple, officially opens to the public following relocation to the park in 2015 and four years of restoration work managed by Friends of Timmons Temple. The former church will serve as an event facility offering historical, cultural and educational opportunities, owned and operated by the Park Board and under the direction of Christine Peoples, newly named Coordinator of Timmons Hall.
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. Nonprofit group Save Timmons Temple (now 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.
Over the next four years, Friends of Timmons Temple coordinated extensive redevelopment of the landmark, including new foundation, roof, front entrance, windows, restrooms, plumbing, electricity and HVAC, as well as interior restoration with 1932-style paint and fixtures, and exposing the original heartwood oak floors. Private fundraising efforts continue for future restoration.
For rental inquiries, please contact Christine Peoples, Timmons Hall Coordinator, at 417-864-1046.