The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Studio: Al Carney
J.R. Thompson Brokerage Building
Chicago, Illinois

OHS Database ID 53621.

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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 September 15, 2014.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Four manuals. 15 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)

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Studio Interior and Console. Junchen - Encyclopaedia of the American Theatre Organ, courtesy of Ian McIver (1930)

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