Pipe Organ Database

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Unknown Builder (1960 ca.)

Originally Wicks Organ Co. (Opus 2480, 1942 ca.)

Location:

Christ Lutheran Church
509 Kansas St. NW
Preston, MN 55965 US
Sanctuary; rear gallery
Organ ID: 67865

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Lutheran Churches
  • The organ has been renovated with changes from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Jim Stettner on March 23, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Wicks Direct Electric
  • 6 ranks. 2 manuals. 6 stops.
All; rear gallery:
  • Chest Type(s): Wicks Direct Electric chests
  • Built by Wicks Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on March 23, 2021.
Main; rear gallery:
  • Built by Wicks Organ Co.
  • Manuals: 2
  • Stops: 6
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
We received the most recent update for this console from Jim Stettner on March 23, 2021.
Jim Stettner on March 23, 2021:

Identified from the Twin Citiies AGO Organ List. -- Christ Lutheran was formed as the result of a 1958 merger between Grace Lutheran Church and St. Paul's American Lutheran Church. The cornerstone of the new church was laid in 1960. Grace had the Wicks, which was transplanted to the new edifice.

A note on the Twin Cities AGO account states, "The move of the Wicks was done after the organ loft was built with little restoration of the instrument. It functioned for many years, a new blower was added, but the organ had issues and was really not big enough to serve the needs of the congregation. A restoration and addition was accomplished by Duys & Nicholson of Northfield, MN."

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on March 23, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Church exterior: Photograph from an archival source: Church Facebook page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken on 2015-09-15

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