Rush to Save Timmons Temple Church Building

Published 04/16 2014 05:45PM

Updated 04/17 2014 08:06PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Community members hope to raise money to save Timmons Temple Church building weeks before it is set to be demolished.

Since 1932, Timmons Temple Church of God in Christ has stood quietly on its land.

That is until 2014, when its sale brought preservationists out of the woodwork.

After debating for months, Springfield City Council members approved land re-zoning to make way for the church to be sold, knowing the building would be demolished.

Weeks away from demolition, a movement has begun to save the building.

Paula Ringer and two other historians are fighting to have the structure moved.

"It's a culturally and architecturally significant property," she said.

She said Pastor Timmons built this church for an African American congregation during the Jim Crow era.

"You can only imagine what a monumental effort that was," she said.

She believes the building's material is important as well.

It's one of the last original stone structures left in Springfield.

And Ringer believes one that's unique and beautiful.

"It could be an incredible resource for our community," she said.

She hopes to raise the thousands of dollars necessary to move the building, in its original form, to Silver Springs Park down the road.

"Maybe 250,000 dollars might get it in the park and that's 8000 people with 30 dollars a piece and we think we can do it," she said.

However, Ringer knows the clock is ticking on her efforts to preserve this piece of Springfield history.

Donations to the "Save Timmons Temple Fund" are tax deductible and being managed by Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

You can call (417) 864-6199 or click on the link on this story to donate or learn more.

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