Updated by Matt Gerhard, who has heard or played the organ.
Updated through online information from Matt Gerhard.
Updated through online information from George Dobie. -- The First Congregational Church Building is in the process of a rent to buy contract. The organ is not being sold. New congregation does not use organ in their service. Therefor currently looking for a new home for opus 506. A sale or a move to a more suitable venue. George Dobie, Trustee
Updated through online information from George Dobie. -- Current congregation does not use. Trustee Board looking for suitable new home/owner. 11-2012
Updated through on-line information from John Gouwens. -- Organ was restored by Rutz; original action was beyond restoration, so rebuilt as a (very heavy) tracker action. Stop action is electrified (but, alas, very sluggish) sliders, no combination. Church itself is in some jeopardy, leaving the future of this organ in some question.
Status Note: There 1990.
Fox shows this as Opus 506 from Church of the Messiah, Unitarian, Chicago, IL (3-26), one rank altered. In danger. was on list as #507, which was a 2-15 built for First Presbyterian, Decatur, IL. The former is probably correct as the Decatur organ is marked butchered one version of the Roosevelt list.