Pipe Organ Database

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Unknown Builder (2012circa)

Originally Rudolph Wurlitzer Manufacturing Co. (Opus 1161, 1925)


Church of San José (St. Joseph)
Hidalgo, 11 MX
Organ ID: 63723

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • 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: Information unknown or not applicable
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on February 14, 2019.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on February 14, 2019.
Database Manager on February 02, 2019:

This is a new home for an organ that was altered when it was moved from another location.
Identified by George W Jenista, listing conversations with this person as the source of the information: Zeb Roberts, Music Director, Mt. Oisgah UMC, Richmind VA.
From Zeb Roberts, Mt Pisgah Church: "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.

Many thanks to all those who helped with the moving of the organ to Mt. Pisgah for storage and for the patience and perseverance it took to find the organ a new home."

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 03, 2019.

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