Harriman officials to ponder bids on work on historic Temperance Bldg.

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By Cindy Simpson

Structural work at Harriman’s historic Temperance Building may be continuing.

The Harriman City Council will meet in special-called session at 6 p.m. June 17 to consider and possibly take action on bids for work on the structure.

Harriman received a $40,355 grant from the Tennessee Historical Commission, and $26,903 in matching funds is required to meet the grant specifications.

“We are going to be doing work on the outside to get the water away from the Temperance Building,” said Dina Jackson, outgoing grant coordinator.

Jackson explained that it is an important part of the ongoing work to shore up the foundation of the building.

Water getting under the building and around the foundation is a problem that damages the structural integrity of the building over time.

The historic Temperance Building in downtown Harriman is part of the city’s rich history.

The building originally housed the offices of East Tennessee Land Co., which was involved with selling lots that established the city.

Harriman was founded by Prohibitionists who envisioned a “Utopia of Temperance.”