Skip to comments.The Municipal Organ
Posted on 07/02/2013 7:00:00 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
This is a chapter entitled "The Municipal Organ" from the documentary film "The Senator's Masterpiece" about the Atlantic City Convention Hall Organ. For more information about The Atlantic City Convention Hall Organ please visit http://www.ACCHOS.org. For more information on the preservation of America's historic pipe organs please visit http://www.organsociety.org. For more information about the filmmaker please visit http://www.VicFerrerProductions.com © 2006 Vic Ferrer Productions
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Minneapolis had a great municipal organ but they weren’t so lucky (or wise). It’s been in storage for decades. Numerous plans to restore it have all failed.
New York's Municipal Organ
Just couldn’t resist, eh?
Thanks for the laugh!
My first thought upon reading the h/l.
When I lived near there, there was a good example of a municipal organ in Naperville, IL. Pretty much the same genre as the Atlantic City organ, but on a small-town scale. I don't know if it's still in use; but if you're interested in this type of instrument and are ever in this area you might want to inquire about it. I'm not 100% certain, but I seem to recall that it was in a city auditorium rather than a commercial theatre.
First Baptist Congregational Church in Chicago had a very similar instrument (same builder, period and style, but larger). I heard it had some storm damage a couple of years ago and I don't know it's current status.
Milwaukee has the Oriental Theater organ:
And St. Josephat’s Basilica organ, rebuilt in 2011:
My first thoughts were, the municipal NEWSPAPER, since the local school board has declared the regional fishwrap as, “the official organ of xxx’.
Now, as to a full-on pipe organ ... I can go with THAT!
This is really a magnificent instrument. Huge!
A wealthy parishioner donated a new pipe organ built for our church a few years back in memory of his late wife. He has since died, but we enjoy that organ every Sunday. The organ builders (out of Indiana) came for the installation and held some meetings to explain the instrument and its properties to aybody who was interested. It was fascinating. Organ building is an art and a science.
Our pipe organ is probably a tenth of the size of the Atlantic City organ.