From the Sarasota History Alive! website, *"A three console organ has a manual compass of 61 notes each and pedal board is 32 notes. It is playable from the manuals and pedal with the Aeolian Duo-Art Solo music rolls. The Duo-Art mechanism automatically operates the stops, tempo, and expression. All stops of the Great, Swell, Choir and Echo have seventy-three pipes each. The Solo organ stops have sixty-one pipes. The Great and Choir has eight ranks of pipes, the Swell has nine ranks with the Solo having seven and echo having five ranks of pipes. The pedal has six ranks making a total of forty-seven ranks including a five-rank mixture. It also has a sixty-one note Harp and a twenty note Chime. The Echo and Solo are playable from each of the three manuals. There are also twenty-two couplers.
The organ is installed as the heart of the Ca’d’Zan, directly opposite the fireplace in the main great hall known as the “Court.” The organ served as the focal point during evening festivities.” Multiple chambers are located throughout the structure to accommodate the two-thousand two hundred eighty-nine organ pipes. The main pipe-chamber for the organ is located behind the console on the second-story mezzanine strategically placed behind a seventeenth-century tapestry purchased from the estate of Vincent Astor. An Echo Chamber is also installed on the same level in the northeast corner of the mezzanine, concealed behind another early Flemish tapestry. The organ speaks through the tapestry with orchestral sound. The enormous array of hand-made pipes range in size from ten feet in length to the size of a pencil and are constructed of lead, zinc, tin and wood. The main pipe-chamber encompasses areas of the second and third stories of the house."*
Identified from the Aeolian opus list as listed in Rollin Smith's book, The Aeolian Pipe Organ and its Music. (OHS Press, 2nd Edition, © 2018)
The organ was contracted September 15, 1924 for a cost of $25,000.00. It was shipped January 14, 1925. A Duo-Art was included.
When Ringling died in 1936, he willed the property to the State of Florida. The home now operates as a Museum, art gallery, and learning center. The organ is extant.
Residence exterior: Photograph from an archival source: Vintage postcard, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. ca. 1930's
Organ console: Photograph from an archival source: Vintage postcard, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. ca. 1960's