The Temple Theatre’s historic James House, which hosts visiting actors who perform in various shows at the downtown performing arts venue, was damaged by a fallen tree on Friday night, the Rant has learned.

img_0219Peggy Taphorn, the theater’s producing artistic director, said nobody was hurt and damage was limited to the house’s porch/carport area, as well as to a car that had been parked beneath it.

fullsizerender“It hasn’t affected our operations at all,” Taphorn said. “We will go on with the show (The Savannah Sipping Society), which opens Friday night.”

The house sits at the intersection of Spring Lane, Gulf Street and Weatherspoon Street about a mile from the downtown theater. The county’s GIS map lists it as having been built in 1920. It has served as a home for visiting actors since it was donated to the theater by the James family during the 2011-12 season, according to the theater’s website.

Taphorn said the organization is looking forward to having the damage repaired and going ahead with its mission.

“Hopefully the insurance adjuster will get there soon and we can get everything out of the way and we will all live happily ever after,” she said.

The Rant wishes the Temple Theatre quick repairs and continued success.