The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Iowa State Agriculture College
Ames, Iowa

Morrill Hall - Chapel

OHS Database ID 16691.

Status and Condition

The organ has been relocated and is no longer at this location.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition October 12, 2007.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Tubular pneumatic key action. Pneumatic stop action.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 17 stops.

The organ is in a case at the front of the room. Traditional style console with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack. The organ has an attached keydesk.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals.


  • Identified through information in a list of Pilcher organs typed by William E. Pilcher of Louisville. For more information see the document referenced below. (Elizabeth Schmitt. April 6, 2005)
  • The College used the organ until 1915 when it was sold to the First Baptist Church in Ames. The Baptists used the Pilcher in its original configuration until 1950 when they built a new church. William Harrison Barnes was brought in as consultant at that (Elizabeth Schmitt. April 6, 2005)
  • Updated through on-line information from James R. Stettner. -- This organ replaced a previous organ in "Old Main" which was sold for $300.00. The Chapel in Morrill Hall was on the 2nd floor over the library. The room was laid-out in an Akron plan, and the organ was recessed into a chamber on the front, right wall. Pilcher was transferred to First Baptist (old) in Ames and last played there on May 1, 1949. (Database Manager. October 12, 2007)

Online Documents

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  • Pilcher Organs. Summary of Pilcher Sources by Soosie Schmitt. Author: Author not identified Source: Unpublished monograph. Document Date. April 5, 2005.

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Chapel interior with organ. Vintage postcard (ca. 1920); image courtesy of James R. Stettner

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