Updated by Fran Linhart, who has heard or played the organ.
ORGAN STATUS: The organ is playable but unreliable, a result of the deteriorated organ leather as well as other issues commensurate with the age of the instrument. After consultation with reputable organ builders and restorers, the decision was made to repair the instrument and the Minnesota Historical Society was able to find a benefactor who agreed to fund a full restoration. The organ will be removed from the house sometime in 2018 for a careful and historically respectful restoration.
ALSO: I just authored a Tracker article on the Hill House Pipe Organ.
Updated through online information from Stephen Hall. -- According to the Minnesota Historical Society website, the organ is not currently in good condition, the leather needs replacing and there are cracks in the wood pipes. The society is seeking funds to restore the instrument. (website accessed Sept 2011)
Updated through online information from Richard C Greene.
Updated through online information from John Panning. -- The house is now owned and operated by the Minnesota Historical Society, hence the institution name change.
Status Note: There 1986.
T indicates that in 1985 this is museum operated by Minnesota Historical Society. Received grant for restoration of organ.