This Aeolian-Skinner is truly one of the great organ treasures of the Upper Midwest. Originally built in 1932, the organ has spent its entire life at Northrop Auditorium at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. When the auditorium was closed for extensive renovations in 2011, Foley-Baker was brought in to remove the organ and put it in storage. Four years later, the organ was shipped to Tolland, CT where reconditioning work commenced. Every piece of leather is being replaced, every board refinished, and all 108 ranks of pipes washed and voiced. The organ is being installed one chamber at a time, and will be completed in Spring 2018. For more photos of the installation project, please visit our Facebook page.
Photos by Patrick O’Leary, courtesy of the University of Minnesota.