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Rainbow Room
30 Rockefeller Plaza - 65th Floor
New York City: Manhattan, New York 10112

OHS Database ID 49777.

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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 December 1, 2019.


Technical Details

Three manuals. 10 ranks.

Notes

  • Identified through online information from Will Dunklin. -- The Rainbow Room, one New York City's most famous restaurants of the Jazz Age, featured major name big bands to entertain the patrons who danced on a revolving dance floor while enjoying the views from the 65th floor. The twin-console organ supplemented the bands and was featured as a solo instrument. The organ was removed in the 1950's. (Database Manager. June 10, 2012)
  • Wurlitzer Style R16
    Factory date: March 29, 1934 (Steven E. Lawson. January 8, 2016)
  • From the NYC AGO NYC Organ Project: In 1934, the contract was signed for a Wurlitzer Style R16 organ to be installed in the Rainbow Room on the 65th Floor of the RCA Building in Rockefeller Center. The organ was designed to be played and heard in both the Rainbow Room and a private dining room on the 70th floor. Two straight-bolster consoles (one in Modernistic style) and a player controlled the 10-rank instrument, which was undoubtedly the highest installation for any Wurlitzer organ. In 1954, the organ was moved and reinstalled in the Joe Oelhaf Residence in New York; it later was moved to the Lee Hulko Residence in New Hope, Pennsylvania, who, in 1999, donated the organ to the Senior Citizen facility in Rahway, New Jersey, where it was installed by members and crews from the Garden State Theatre Organ Society. (Jeff Scofield. December 1, 2019)

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Photographs

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Console and Ray Bohr. Photograph from collection of Jeff Weiler via the NYC AGO Organ Project
The Art-Deco Console. Photograph from collection of Jeff Weiler via the NYC AGO Organ Project

Pipe organs in New York sponsored by Foley-Baker, Inc.

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Stoplist

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  • . Source: Stoplist from the NYC AGO New York City Organ Project
           New York, New York
           The Rainbow Room
    
           Wurlitzer   Op. 2185   1934   3/10
           ____________________________________________
    
           GREAT
    
       16' Tibia Clausa   tc       16' Contra Viol   tc 
       16' Oboe Horn      tc        8' Tuba
       16' Contra Viol    tc        8' Open Diapason
       16' Bourdon                  8' Clarinet
        8' Tuba                     8' Oboe Horn
        8' Open Diapason            8' Salicional
        8' Tibia Clausa             8' Voix Celeste  tc
        8' Clarinet                 8' Flute
        8' Oboe Horn                8' Vox Humana
        8' Salicional               8' Dulciana
        8' Voix Celeste   tc        4' Octave
        8' Flute                    4' Piccolo
        8' Vox Humana               4' Salicet
        8' Dulciana                 4' Octave Celeste
        4' Octave                   4' Flute
        4' Piccolo                  4' Vox Humana
        4' Salicet                  4' Dulcet
        4' Octave Celeste              Chrysoglott
        4' Flute                       Solo Sub ACC
        4' Dulcet                      Solo Unison ACC
    2 2/3' Twelfth                     Solo Octave ACC
           Cathedral Chimes
           Chrysoglott                 SOLO
           Solo Sub Great
           Solo Unison Great       16' Tuba
           Solo Octave Great        8' Open Diapason
                                    8' Tibia Clausa
           PEDAL                    8' Clarinet
                                    8' Oboe Horn
       16' Bass                     8' Salicional
       16' Bourdon                  8' Flute
        8' Tuba                     8' Vox Humana
        8' Diapason                 4' Octave
        8' Tibia Clausa             4' Piccolo
        8' Clarinet                 4' Salicet
        8' Cello                    4' Flute
        8' Flute                2 2/3' Twelfth
        8' Dulciana                 2' Piccolo
           ACC to PD                   Cathedral Chimes
           GT  to PD
           SO  to PD
    
           Tremulants:  Main, Solo, Vox Humana
    
           [Received from Jeff Scofield December 1, 2019]
  • Click Here . Source: Stoplist from the NYC AGO New York City Organ Project Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.