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Unknown Builder (1930's)

Originally Farrand & Votey Organ Co. (1893)

Location:

First Congregational Church
256 E Chicago Street
Elgin, IL 60120 US
Sanctuary; front
Organ ID: 69941

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Congregational Church
  • 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 Jim Stettner on January 02, 2022.
Jim Stettner on January 02, 2022:

This entry represents a mechanical alteration to the organ. According to the "2011 - Historic Elgin House Tour" pamphlet, "During the 1930's a pneumatic console was installed. . ." It is not known if any tonal changes were also made at this time.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on January 02, 2022.

Instrument Images:

Church exterior: Photograph from an archival source: Vintage postcard, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. ca. 1917

Organ and choir loft with the 1930s draw-knob console in its original stage left position: Photograph by Church archives, submitted by Jeffrey Neufeld. Taken approx. 1935

Organ and choir loft with the rebuilt console moved to a pit in the center during the 1950s: Photograph by Church archives, submitted by Jeffrey Neufeld. Taken approx. 1969

Organ facade and console: Photograph by Church archives, submitted by Jeffrey Neufeld. Taken approx. 1969

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