Timmons Temple is a rare and important African-American church in Springfield, originally located at 934 E. Webster. It was built in 1932, during the Jim Crow era, when churches were segregated, and holds irreplaceable cultural, historical and architectural significance for Springfield and the Ozarks. In the face of pending demolition for apartment development, citizen volunteers, individuals, organizations and companies in the community joined together to relocate the structure to nearby Silver Springs Park for a new life with the help of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
Local historians say Ozark field rock was used in the walls from adjacent Jordan Creek, where church Baptisms occurred. The ornate rock work is designed in a beautiful Craftsman style. A 2005 rock property survey stated: “some of the most ornate rockwork in the study group.” The distribution of rock reveals several ornamental figures, symbolic curved rows formed by stacking long thin chips of stones to form bans and sunbursts.
This is a preservation effort of monumental faith, and your donation will help preserve this gem for current and future generations to learn about the church’s cultural, historic, and architectural significance for our country and the Ozarks region.
There are still legally required renovations we must complete in order to open the Temple for public use, your donation will make that possible.
Make a donation through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
To donate by check:
Community Foundation of the Ozarks - “Save Timmons Temple Fund”
425 E. Trafficway, Springfield, MO, 65806
To contact the Community Foundation of the Ozarks: (417) 864-6199