Comparisons to Some Large Pipe Organs

A Few Impressive "Show Pieces"

While the size and capabilities of the Schantz pipe organ at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church are significantly larger and more capable than the pipe organs installed in many small and mid-size churches, it is modest in comparison to some of the very limited number of “show piece” pipe organs.  Three of those relatively large “show pieces” include:

Giant Rarities

The Schantz pipe organ at Duncan UMC is dwarfed by a couple huge organs, like:

It was intended to be installed at the Kansas City Convention Center after the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair closed.  The venture failed, bankrupting the L. A. Art Organ company.  The organ languished in storage at the Handlan warehouse in St. Louis until 1909, when it was bought by John Wanamaker for his new department store at 13th and Market Streets in Center City, Philadelphia.  It took thirteen freight cars to move it, and two years for installation.  It first played June 22, 1911, literally at the same time King George V of Britain was crowned.(4)

 

1 “National Presbyterian Church,” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Presbyterian_Church, accessed 10-26-2019.

2 “William Neil,” The Kennedy Center, https://www.kennedy-center.org/Artist/A4107, accessed 10-26-2019.

3 “National Cathedral Organ,” Loft Recordings and The Gothic Catalog: Organ and choral recordings of distinction, https://www.gothic-catalog.com/Washington_DC_National_Cathedral_Aeolian_Skinner_organ_s/748.htm, accessed 10-26-2019.

4 “Wanamaker Organ,” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanamaker_Organ, accessed 10-26-2019.

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