St. John Lutheran Church
501 S. 7th St.
Richmond, IN 47374 US
Organ ID: 8241
The instrument was obtained by the St. John the Apostle Catholic Church of Bloomington, Indiana. It is unclear if it was purchased - it had been advertised on the Organ Clearing House website - or was given to the church. The church's website states it was obtained for free and they only had to pay for removal, storage, and installation. Further details about the project can be found at the church website: https://www.sjabloomington.org/pipe-organ.
The congregation had dwindled to an attendance of 20, so the building was given in 2019 to Fountain City Wesleyan Church as a satellite campus called The Well; the organ was offered for sale with the Organ Clearing House.
Updated by Timothy E. Conyers, who has heard or played the organ. Additionally, Timothy E. Conyers listed this web site as a source of information: https://www.organclearinghouse.com/organs-for-sale#/2977-wicks-richmond-in.
The console is located in the front center of the choir loft which is in the right corner at an angle to the congregation. This instrument is for sale (2019) on the Organ Clearing House website and includes photographs of the console and facade. I have heard this wonderful organ at several AGO events and also at worship services. Richmond, IN, is losing a treasure.
Updated through online information from Thomas Veregge. -- The present Wicks instrument in St. John's Church consists of another rebuild of the 1942 Wicks that included a new drawknob console, and the addition of a fanfare trumpet in the echo division, pipes located in a chamber over the south entrance foyer of the church. Mixtures were added to the Great and Swell divisions, and a new blower for the echo organ was provided.
Status Note: There 1996.
Very good condition in 1996. Combination action.