The organ has an original player mechanism apparently built by Haskell and most likely installed when major renovations and expansion of the house were undertaken in 1902.
From a history website: The mansion’s 1902 renovation entailed a substantial expansion, adding the northern wing of the house, while incorporating opulent detailing through every room. The monumental staircase is the heart of the house, flanked by ionic columns. Throughout the first two floors you’ll find impressive molding, ornamental plaster ceilings, parquet floors with mahogany borders, and a series of leaded glass skylights with intricate patterns.
The Haskell pipe-organ, while in need of repair, is one of Glen Foerd’s rare treasures. Embedded into the central staircase, the organ could be played from the stair landing. Its size is unique for a residence and exemplifies a revolutionary turn-of-the-century design. William Edward Haskell patented a way to consolidate low-tone pipes without sacrificing sound quality, making it possible to install an organ like this one into a residential space rather than a church. The organ has fourteen sets of pipes and a mechanized auto-play system, a unique feature. Glen Foerd hopes to eventually repair the organ to its former glory.
Supposedly added during estate renovation c.1900
Venue is open to visitation and is a frequent wedding venue. Instrument is in need of restoration.
Pipe Facade and Console: Photograph by Institution's Mapquest and Facebook Page, submitted by Zenas Michael Savage. Taken approx. 2020
Pipe Facade: Photograph by Institution's Mapquest and Facebook Page, submitted by Zenas Michael Savage. Taken approx. 2020