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Rudolph Wurlitzer Manufacturing Co. (1925)

Location:

Berryman United Methodist Church
400 West 32nd Street
Richmond, VA US
Organ ID: 14233

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Methodist Churches
  • 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 February 14, 2019.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Wurlitzer
  • 4 ranks. 2 manuals. 4 stops. 16 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Wurlitzer chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on February 14, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Stops: 4
  • Registers: 16
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on February 14, 2019.
Database Manager on February 14, 2019:

Updated by George W Jenista, listing conversations with this person as the source of the information: Mr. Zeb Roberts, Music Director, Mt. Pisgah Church.

From Zeb Roberts: \"Here is a letter written by the previous music director concerning the organ you referenced.

Whatever became of the Wurlitzer Pipe Organ from the Berryman Church?

I\'m happy to report, after a long process of finding a good home for the organ, that it is in Hidalgo, Mexico where it will be come part of a larger Wurlitzer installation in the Church of San José (St. Joseph). The church is part of a religious complex that dates back to a monastery that was established there in the 16th century by the Spaniards The main church, which dates back at least 420 years, is going through a renovation that includes restoring a part of the organ that was already present and adding pipes from other organs from the United States. Bill Murdock, a Chicago native, is overseeing the organ project.

Hidalgo is located in the mountains of eastern Mexico, between 200 and 300 miles west of the Gulf of Mexico; with a year \'round temperature of about 75 and low humidity, Hidalgo is the perfect place for an instrument made of temperature and moisture sensitive materials.\"

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 15, 2019.

Database Manager on June 25, 2017:

Information from The WurliTzer Pipe Organ – An Illustrated History, by David L. Junchen (comp. & ed. by Jeff Weiler). The American Theatre Organ Society: 2005
Wurlitzer "Style CH Sp"
Factory date: September 19, 1925

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

Database Manager on March 12, 2012:

Updated through online information from Stephen Hall. -- Congregation merged with another church (Mount Pisgah UMC). Organ believed to be removed in 2011 to be used in the chapel of Mount Pisgah. (Source: www.churchesofvirginia.org accessed Mar 10, 2012)

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

Database Manager on February 16, 2005:

Identified through information on the Richmond AGO web site: www.richmondago.org/orgtour.html

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
From Richmond Chapter AGO website: Open In New Tab Typed specification
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Church Exterior: Photograph by John G. DeMajo. Taken on 2010-05-01

Chancel: Photograph by John G. DeMajo. Taken on 2010-05-01

Stained Glass Windows: Photograph by John G. DeMajo. Taken on 2010-05-01

Organ Grill Work: Photograph by John G. DeMajo. Taken on 2010-05-01

Pipes in Swell Box: Photograph by John G. DeMajo. Taken on 2010-05-01

Console: Photograph by John G. DeMajo. Taken on 2010-05-01

Pipes in Swell Box - Oboe Horn: Photograph by John G. DeMajo. Taken on 2010-05-01

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