The OHS Pipe Organ Database

University of St. Mary of the Lake
Mundelein (Chicago), Illinois


OHS Database ID 53620.

Status and Condition

The state of this organ is unknown to the database, being undocumented or unreported.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition September 14, 2014.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Four manuals. 19 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

Horseshoe style console.


  • This organ was built in 1929 by H. A. "Pete" Howell for the Chicago studio of Al Carney, a popular theatre organist and radio personality in Chicago. Its 15 ranks of pipes were played from the 4m console that was acquired from the Chicago Theatre (1921 Wurlitzer Op. 434) after it had been damaged by a malfunctioning lift. In 1934, the organ was purchased at the request of Cardinal Mundelein for installation in the new seminary auditorium. Geo. Kilgen & Son of St. Louis moved the organ. (Database Manager. September 15, 2014)
  • The organ is now 19 ranks, 10 ranks of WurliTzer pipework, 7 ranks added through the addition of most of the WGN organ, recently donated to the seminary by the Tribune Company. The remaining pipework is from Kimball, Gottfried and Schopps. The organ is maintained for the seminary by CATOE (Chicago Area Theatre Organ Enthusiasts) and is used for student programs and is heard publicly several times a year for shows presented by CATOE and JATOE. (Database Manager. September 15, 2014)

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