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The Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. (Opus 2185, 1934)

Location:

Rainbow Room
30 Rockefeller Plaza - 65th Floor
New York City: Manhattan, NY 10112 US
Organ ID: 49847

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Restaurants
  • The organ has been relocated.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 10 ranks. 3 manuals.
All:
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on December 01, 2019:

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.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on December 02, 2019.

Database Manager on January 08, 2016:

Wurlitzer Style R16
Factory date: March 29, 1934

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on June 10, 2012:

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.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
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We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on December 02, 2019.

Instrument Images:

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.

Room interior: Photograph by NYC Organ Project, submitted by John Roper.

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