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Timmons Temple could have new lights by Christmas, thanks to electric work planned Thursday evening in the historic church in Silver Springs Park, 1100 N. Hampton Ave.
The Springfield-based International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW 453) plans to install branch circuits, lights and electrical components for HVAC Thursday, Dec. 15, 5-7:30 p.m.
The work will be provided through the IBEW 453 Journeyman Apprenticeship Program.
“IBEW believes in establishing partnerships that provide a win-win to the Springfield community and the IBEW union,” said Roger Mayfield, IBEW Business Manager. “We are so pleased to make this contribution. Our journeyman get real world experience, and this five-year program offers the Springfield community graduates who are highly-skilled electricians.”
The electric work follows extensive interior improvements made earlier this year at Timmons Temple, including connection to water, sanitary sewer and electric service; plumbing, framing and installatation of new restrooms; and just this fall, new concrete steps, ramp and sidewalks. Much of that work has been donated through the Building and Construction Trade Council of Springfield and Vicinity, which coordinates work through apprenticeship programs.
Timmons Temple Church of God in Christ served Springfield’s African-American community for more than 80 years before it was sold and slated for demolition in 2014. Nonprofit group Save Timmons Temple raised private donations to preserve the church and move it about 600 feet into Silver Springs Park in spring 2014. The church was preserved because of its historic significance as well as its unique stone exterior, including ornate rock sunburst patterns also found in retaining walls in Silver Springs Park.
The Timmons Temple renovation is financed entirely by donations and in-kind labor to Save Timmons Temple, with the fund managed by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. When renovations are complete, the building will serve as an event center managed by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.
Fundraising efforts continue for the building’s infill and renovation, including doors, windows, tuck-pointing and more. Nearly $50,000 more is needed to complete the $250,000 project. To make a donation, visit SaveTimmonsTemple.org.
For media inquiries, contact Paula Ringer, co-chair of Save Timmons Temple, at 417-818-1339; or contact Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-874-2943 (office) or 417-224-5510 (mobile) or email Jenny Edwards.