NEW ORLEANS AREA PIPE ORGANS AND THEIR HISTORIES

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MANUFACTURER: AEOLIAN.
OPUS NUMBER: OPUS 1678
YEAR BUILT: 1928
   
ORIGINAL LOCATION: S.H. Kress Department Store, 900 Canal Street
   
RELOCATION 1:

(Some of the pipework was used in Antiphonal organ at St. Stephen R.C on Napoleon Ave. That organ is Wicks Opus 1980) Additionally, the main portion of the organ was given or sold to Louisiana College. The following is a direct copy of a memo from the gentleman who acquired the organ from Louisiana College and owned it until the time it was sold to Hal Stoddard.

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Sent: Saturday, July 30, 2005 10:54 PM
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Subject: The Aeolian Opus 1678

Re: Earlier correspondence

The Aeolian Opus 1678 was removed from the balcony of S H Kress when the store installed air conditioning and lowered the ceiling. I understand from reports about this organ that Gov. Jimmy Davis played a role in getting the organ moved to Louisiana College. It served for many years as the college's teaching instrument, recital instrument and chapel instrument. Housed in a second floor auditorium in the main administration building, the three manual console sat in front of the stage on the seating level. The pipes were in raised areas on either side and overlooking the stage area. It had fallen into a progressive state of disrepair.

A new independent auditorium was constructed on the campus and a Moller organ was installed, courtesy of a businessman in Louisiana. The console for the Moller is on stage level and can be lowered and raised by hydraulics. Virgil Fox played the dedication service for the Moller.

Through the years of the Aeolian, a number of top recitalists concertized on the Aeolian. Reportedly, E. Power Biggs played two or three concerts. The resident organ professor at Louisiana College was a personal friend of Biggs.

Accidentally, I discovered the state of the Aeolian in the early 1970s while being toured by friends whose son was a professor at the college. I learned that the Aeolian was to be removed and the old auditorium renovated to house offices and classrooms.

The visit produced an agreement for me to remove the organ, which I did over several trips with rented trailers and trucks. Seven trips, I believe. A music room was added to my Oxford, Mississippi house for the organ. It resided there until I left the University in 1987 when it was loaded into a large truck and trailer and relocated to Utah.

Hope this helps to update your record. I could get more specific if I knew what data was needed. A good friend who was an administrator like myself in the College of Liberal Arts at Ole Miss, was a student at Louisiana College when the organ was transplated from Kress to Louisiana College. He was an organ student and majored in microbiology. We were conjointly at Ole Missf for 18 years when I left Oxford and he retired.

   
RELOCATION 2: Louisiana Technical College, Pineville, LA with antiohonal organ going to St. Steven's Church New Orleans
   
RELOCATION 3:  
   
FINAL DISPOSITION: Removed in late 1940's (. Parts of the organ are said to have been installed in St.Stephen Catholic Church in New Orleans, and other parts are in the Hal Stoddard organ in Hooper, Utah.
   
A PICTURE OF THIS ORGAN EXISTS IN OUR FILES:
(Click highlighted "YES" to view.
YES A PDF file including photos of console, store showing chamber grills, and full purchase documents
indicating specifications is available at this link.
Thanks to Mrs. Rachelen Lien and Dr. Barry Henry for
information provided.
   
NOTES SUPPLIED BY OTHERS:  
   
SPECIFICATION: 3 Manual, 23 Rank
   
OTHER INFO: Last staff organist to play this instrument was Ed Larmann who also played at the Loews State Theatre.
   

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