Job #: C500
Location: Portland ME
Organ Type: Pipe
Building Type: Theatre
Merrill Auditorium is home to one of America's premier concert organs. Originally built in 1912 and named after Hermann Kotzschmar, a 19th century Portland organist, it has grown in that past 100 years from 69 ranks to 102. It has also had 4 different consoles.
The instrument is supported by the group FOKO: Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ, a group who promote the instrument through concerts and fundraising. They selected Foley-Baker to restore this grand instrument in 2012. Besides the usual cleaning and re-leathering, the two-year project included repairing the damage from previous moves and quick fixes that had happened. A whole new control system was provided by Classic Organ Builders.