We are doing something really ambitious - building the Gospel Music Hall of Fame right here in Missouri!
The Butler Group and Inspired Lives Foundation have partnered with Steve Smith of the Lawrence Group to buy the beautiful former Second Baptist Church on Kingshighway, in the heart of the Holy Corners historic landmark district.
This historic church is stunningly beautiful, but unfortunately it has been vacant for many years and needs significant restoration work to transform into what will be an anchor for the neighborhood and a marvelous cultural institution.
And then there was the fire...
On October 26, 2021, disaster struck. The steeple was struck by lightning and caught fire, extensively damaging what was already a delicate structure.
We are launching this GoFundMe because we need your help to secure and beautify the site while we get the funding in place for the full renovation. The money we raise will go to upgraded fencing, landscaping and grounds cleanup, and a mural artist to cover the construction fencing with beautiful, St. Louis and cultural-themed paintings so it’s not an eyesore while it’s being worked on.
Any additional money we raise will go toward our Martin Luther King Jr. community concert and our outreach efforts.
Our dream is to create an inspiring cultural destination that educates and moves visitors of all races and religions. When it’s complete the Gospel Music Hall of Fame - Missouri will include a museum, cultural arts center, classrooms, and a state-of-the-art theatre and performance space, and the outdoor courtyard will feature a cafe and dining, nestled among landscaping and water attractions.
Together we can save this wonderful building and turn it into something special for the community, while honoring the heritage of gospel music and bringing its power to a new generation!!!
Please join us as we start this exciting journey and build the Gospel Music Hall of Fame - Missouri.
On behalf of the whole Gospel Music Hall of Fame - Missouri team, let me say we are all SO grateful for your support!!! It means so much to us, the people of the neighborhood, and the whole community of gospel music lovers!!! Thank you!!!