Renovation of an Antique Pipe Facade

 

Flora Organ Sounds Swell...

Now Looks GREAT, Too!

 

The 1914 Pilcher Case, following our restoration.

 

After months of work, the restoration of the 29 organ pipes that make up the facade (pipe fence) of the organ at First Christian Church in Flora, IN, has been completed.  Along with the pipe facade restoration, we also restored and refinished the lower case of quarter-sawn oak.  The case had looked so bad that it had been covered by a curtain for fifty years!

 

The facade was part of an organ built in 1914 by the Pilcher Organ Company of Louisville.  In about 1960, E.H. Holloway Corp. built a new organ for the church, retaining the display pipes of the old facade, and covering the lower part of the case with a velour curtain. The zinc pipes had been repainted repeatedly, and had numerous dents.

 

In 1998, Reynolds Associates rebuilt the Holloway organ, and have subsequently made several tonal improvements to the instrument.  The visual restoration is the latest improvement to the instrument, and one that gives a new elegance and character to the craftsman-style sanctuary.

In our shop, we carefully stripped and repaired the pipes, primed and basecoated them, and applied decorative elements designed for the organ by Michael Lenhart, who worked for the firm at that time.  Missing elements of the oak case, including a new center panel to fill in the space where the original Pilcher keydesk had been, were created in our shop by David Reynolds.

 

Along with the restoration work, we also built and installed new expression shades, replacing the old hollow shades that were loose and noisy.

 

To see a photo gallery of this project, click HERE.

 

 

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