Photo scanned from Post Card and supplied by Jon C. Habermaas
This 4/19 Howell-WurliTzer Organ is located in the auditorium of the seminary at University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Il. The University web page lists the auditorium as having a fully equipped stage, projection equipment and a theatre pipe organ. The organ was originally a 14 rank Pete Howell organ when installed in the Al Carney radio studio in Chicago. The organ was acquired at the request of Cardinal Mundelein in 1934 for installation in the new seminary auditorium. The Ebony WurliTzer console is from the Chicago Theatre and was the console which rode on the orchestra's lift and was played by Jesse Crawford when performing duets with his wife Helen. The organ is now 19 ranks, 10 ranks of WurliTzer pipework, 7 ranks recently added through the addition of most of the WGN organ, recently donated to the seminary by the Tribune Company. The remaining pipework is from Kimball, Gottfried and Schopps. The organ is maintained for the seminary by CATOE and is used for student programs and is heard publicly several times a year for shows presented by CATOE and JATOE.
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CARDINAL GEORGE MUNDELEIN MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM
University St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois
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NOTES: (*) denotes the WurliTzer portion which was in the WGN studios and donated
by the Tribune Company to the seminary. Originally as 2/7 (OPUS 2025)
it was installed in the WGN studio located in the DRAKE HOTEL. When the
WGN building was built the organ was enlarged to a 3/10 by the W.W.Kimball
with 3 additional Kimball ranks. The Kimball portion of the organ was not
retained for the auditorium installation.
(**) The Baldwin Grand piano playable from the organ console was donated by
WLS-TV to the seminary.
16' Diaphone, Clarinet & Dog house are electronic pedal extensions with
speakers located in the Foundation chamber.
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