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Bradford Organ Co. (1993)

Originally Henry Pilcher's Sons (Opus 388, 1900)

Location:

Auburn United Methodist Church
137 S Gay Street
Auburn, AL 36830 US
Founder's Chapel
Organ ID: 70387

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Methodist Churches
  • The organ has been restored to a previous state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on February 24, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • 7 ranks. 349 pipes.
Ronald Damholt on February 24, 2022:

An excerpt from page 53 of a volume by Carolyn Ellis Lipscomb entitled "Auburn United Methodist Church 1837-1987: A history of a great church and the people who made It that way" reads: "Mrs. J.B.K. Spain, the talented wife of the pastor in 1899, inspired the members to purchase a handsome pipe organ . . . The total cost was $1,500 . . ."

This fine 1900 Henry Pilcher’s Sons organ served as Auburn United Methodist Church’s main instrument from the year of its installation until the summer of 1955, when a new sanctuary (with a new pipe organ) was completed. At that point the original sanctuary was renamed “Friendship Hall” (later renamed “Founder’s Chapel”) and over the decades the Pilcher was abandoned, though happily neither damaged nor altered.

Bradford Organ Co. was asked to examine the instrument in March of 1992, and in 1993 completed a full restoration of the organ, including its hand-pumped bellows and façade stenciling. Save for the addition of an electric blower and replacement of its yellowed and cracked ivory naturals with bone, the instrument remains in original condition.

We received the most recent update for this note from Ronald Damholt on February 24, 2022.
Bradford Organ Co. files; correspondence with present (2022) organist, Chris Nemec: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Ronald Damholt on February 24, 2022.

Instrument Images:

Facade of Henry Pilcher's Sons Opus 388: Photograph by Chris Nemec, organist, submitted by Ronald Damholt. Taken on 2020-02-24

Keydesk of Henry Pilcher's Sons Opus 388: Photograph by Chris Nemec, organist, submitted by Ronald Damholt. Taken on 2022-02-24

Right-hand stop jamb: Photograph by Chris Nemec, organist, submitted by Ronald Damholt. Taken on 2022-02-24

Left-hand stop jamb: Photograph by Chris Nemec, organist, submitted by Ronald Damholt. Taken on 2022-02-24

Swell shoe and straight, flat pedalboard: Photograph by Chris Nemec, organist, submitted by Ronald Damholt. Taken on 2022-02-24

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