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The refurbished Cathedral of St. Paul pipe organs come to life

By admin in Media on 09/14/2017

St. Paul Cathedral | Organ Restoration

As you may have heard on MPR’s Morning Edition, there was a standing room only crowd inside the Cathedral of St. Paul Thursday night at the inaugural recital for the Cathedral’s two refurbished pipe organs.

Over the last three years, those organs were taken completely apart and cleaned, the leather windchests were replaced and more than 1,000 pipes were added. The Cathedral Heritage Foundation raised $3.4 million dollars to pay for the restoration.

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Cathedral’s restored organs are noteworthy

Cathedral’s restored organs are noteworthy

By admin in Media on 09/14/2017


Cathedral Organ Restoration St. Paul Cathedral

A concert tonight will mark completion of the three-year, $3.4 million restoration project.

The Cathedral of St. Paul, consistently rated among the Twin Cities’ most visited sites, finally has got the big voice to go along with its imposing, classic Beaux-Arts looks.

On Thursday, the cathedral will officially take the wraps off its two newly refurbished pipe organs in the sanctuary and choir loft, marking the end of a three-year restoration project that propels the St. Paul church into the first rank of organ venues in the country.

The $3.4 million project also helps complete the church’s original design by French architect Emmanuel Masqueray, whose plans to properly house the choir loft’s organ pipes went unfinished until now. The hand-carved gilded walnut casework for the pipes was designed by University of Notre Dame architect Duncan Stroik, based on Masqueray’s blueprints, and crafted by a California studio.

Fundraising for the project was recently concluded successfully by the Cathedral Heritage Foundation, which now will build an endowment to maintain the organs.

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Cathedral organ restoration nearing completion

By admin in Media on 09/14/2017

The Cathedral’s $3.5 million organ restoration project is nearing completion.

The two pipe organs, which are located in the sanctuary and in the rear gallery (the choir loft), were restored by Quimby Pipe Organs of Warrensburg, Mo. The E. M. Skinner Organ Company built the sanctuary organ in 1927, and the Æolian-Skinner Organ Company added the Gallery organ in 1963.

The restoration project — which began last September with the dismantling and shipping of the organs —  included complete tonal refurbishing of both organs.

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Cathedral of St. Paul reinstalls pipe organs

By admin in Media on 09/14/2017

Quimby Pipe Organ workers are installing two fully restored historic pipe organs in the Cathedral of St. Paul’s sanctuary and choir gallery. The two organs total seventy-one ranks, eighty stops and contain 4,560 pipes.

The installation of the E.M. Skinner and AEolian-Skinner organs, which were first installed in 1927, will be repositioned behind the main alter inside the cathedral and will take nearly three months to complete. The first sounding of the organ will be at the Easter Vigil on Saturday, March 30th at 8 p.m.

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St. Paul Cathedral gala aims to re-create fundraising history

St. Paul Cathedral gala aims to re-create fundraising history

By admin in Media on 09/08/2017

As the first walls of the Cathedral of St. Paul began to form more than 100 years ago, church leaders envisioned a grand building that would define St. Paul. But money dried up before they could put on a dome.

On Sept. 19, 1912, more than 40 civic leaders — of all faiths — sat for lunch at the St. Paul Hotel. By the end of the meal, the state’s biggest movers and shakers decided to pay for the dome themselves, said Eric Hansen, who wrote the biography of the Cathedral of St. Paul.

On Friday, Sept. 28, the Cathedral Heritage Foundation will gather at the same hotel to celebrate the historic landmark, and to raise money for its upkeep. The foundation owes more than $6 million for its renovation, said cathedral rector, the Rev. John Ubel.

At Friday’s gala, they hope to recapture the civic fortitude that built the church.

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