Service Department Projects

2013
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1857-1860 "Father" Henry Willis "Scudamore Organ Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Michigan A gentleman named Baron was an English author that advocated pipe organs for all churches, even ones with limited floor space.  He produced a pamphlet on Pipe Organs for small parishes entitled, "Scudamore Organs, or Practical Hints... | More Info...
1922 Casavant Opus 940 Grace Episcopal Church Oak Park, IL The congregation, founded in 1879, purchased the organ from Casavant Frères, Limitée, Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada in 1922 as their opus 940 and 941 (the latter number for the antiphonal divisions). A console by Austin Organs, Incorporated,... | More Info...
1935 Wicks Three Rank Aristocrat Opus 1311 Private Residence Oak Park, IL This stunning home boasts a three-floor foyer.  Nestled into the alcove is a lovely 1930's Wicks three-rank pipe organ.  Because of its placement in the entryway of a grand Victorian home, the owner wanted the organ to look as good as... | More Info...
1970 Two Rank Wicks Private Residence Moline, Illinois This instrument began life in 1970 as a two-rank practice instrument for a private residence in Indiana. While there, the casework surrounding the main chest was badly water damaged. The organ was subsequently moved to the third floor of a mansion... | More Info...
1972 Bosch Tracker Opus 629 Blessed Savior Lutheran Church New Berlin, Wisconsin This beautiful instrument was originally located in the Calvary Lutheran Chapel in Madison, Wisconsin. As part of this project the organ was taken to the factory for a complete restoration including the re-leathering of the reservoirs, adjustment of... | More Info...
Eclectic Provenance Pipe Organ St. John Lutheran Church Culllom, IL This organ had potential; however, because of less-than-ideal layout in the chambers and difficulty in access, it was decided to re-configure each organ chamber completely.  David Brown, Shop Foreman personally re-engineered the entire organ... | More Info...
2012
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1850's George Jardine Tracker Private Residence Gary, IN A few words from Buzard Pipe Organ Builders concerning the Jardine chamber organ. This instrument has provided examples of many of the challenges faced by restorers and conservators.  The older an organ is, the less certainty there is about... | More Info...
1901 Hinners and Albertsen Opus 458 First Presbyterian Church Knoxville, IL The First Presbyterian Church of Knoxville, IL purchased their current organ in 1901 from the firm of Hinners & Albertsen (Opus 458) which would later become the Hinners Organ Company.  Their instruments were known for solid, quality... | More Info...
1920 Hinners St. John Lutheran Church Anchor, IL This was a complete releathering, incorporation of a new relay, and included the complete cleaning of the instrument. St. John Lutheran Church, Anchor, IL – 4” wp at A440 1920 Hinners organ, rebuilt by Higgens 1952 who converted it from... | More Info...
1920's Hinners Unit Organ became Eclectic Provinance Instrument re-engineered now becomes New Artistic Statement St. Paul's Catholic Church Danville, IL St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Danville. IL This organ started out as a small electropneumatic action 1920’s Hinners unit organ. Buzard assumed care of the organ in 2007 and immediately began what became a five-year project of necessary corrections... | More Info...
1921/1924 Wurlitzer Theater Organ Virginia Theater Champaign, IL Virginia Theatre Wurlitzer Organ Buzard Pipe Organ Builders has completed renovations and restorations to the Wurlitzer Theater Organ from the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, IL. The Wurlitzer Style 185 was first installed without a Tibia, as... | More Info...
1947 Aeolian Skinner First Presbyterian Church Danville, IL This instrument has been completely restored in three phases.  The Swell division was restored completely as a first stage of the project.  The middle stage involved the restoration of the console including the dozens of pneumatics in the... | More Info...
Gratian Pipe Organ Fairbury United Methodist Church Fairbury, IL Faibury United Methodist Church is the owner of a Gratian Pipe Organ. They were originally made in Alton, IL, the company was founded in 1858. In 1940 the firm was moved to Kenney, IL. This is the first step in an ongoing releathering of the... | More Info...
Hinners Organ Opus 2696 Living Word Church Roberts, IL Relocation and Resurrection - Living Word Church, Roberts, Illinois - Hinners Organ #2696. This two manual and pedal, 7-1/2 rank electropneumatic action organ appears to have originally been constructed by Hinners with tubular pneumatic action... | More Info...
Wicks Opus 5523 St. John's Lutheran Church Royal, IL Buzard Pipe Organ Builders completed a renovation project in the spring of 2012, that included: restoration of the wind system, repairs to pipework, rebuilding of the concsole, and installation of a new solid state relay and combination action. The... | More Info...
2011
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1905 Barckhoff Tracker St. Joseph R.C. Chenoa, IL Restoration of the Façade of the 1905 Barckhoff Organ Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Chenoa, Illinois David Brown, Service Foreman Buzard Pipe Organ Builders, Champaign, Illinois It has been a great privilege for Buzard Pipe Organ Builders to... | More Info...
1978 Phelps Tracker Organ Grace Lutheran Church Paris, IL This is last instrument of the Phelps Pipe Organ Company founded by Lawrence Phelps.  They installed a combination action that eventually failed.  The John-Paul Buzard Pipe Organ Company was selected to update the combination action with... | More Info...
Skinner; Bunn-Minnock; New Console Second Presbyterian Church Lexington, Kentucky John-Paul Buzard Pipe Organ Builders was commissioned by the Second Presbyterian Church of Lexington, Kentucky to provide a new console and switching system for their pipe organ.  Their instrument began life as Opus 760 of Earnest M. Skinner.... | More Info...
2010
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1926 Hinners Organ Company Christ Temple Cathedral Chicago, IL This very late Hinners Pipe Organ is perhaps one of the largest late instruments ever produced. Originally built as Bethany Reformed Church, founded in 1890, Christ Temple Cathdral, itself founded in 1917, acquired the building in 1972. The organ... | More Info...
1962 Schaefer Organ Chapel of the Mother House of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis East Peoria, IL 1962 Schaefer organ, Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception, Peoria, IL Repairs and improvements were completed by Buzard Pipe Organ Builders, in 2010 to the organ in the order’s Chapel, as follows: The console was removed to the... | More Info...
1963 Rieger organ Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church Lexington, KY I am proud to showcase a recently completed and challenging renovation project successfully accomplished by our Service and Tonal Departments, to give you a glimpse into the depth of our firm, and the differing types of projects which we regularly... | More Info...
2009
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1914 Estey, Opus 1233 First Presbyterian Church Piper City, IL  This organ, after restoration by Buzard, was awarded Historic Organ Citation #379 by the Organ Historical Society.  The plaque certifying this award was presented to the church by Buzard Service Director Keith Williams during a concert he... | More Info...
1955 Möller Opus 8626 Bethany Lutheran Church Naperville, IL When this organ was first examined by Buzard in February, 2008 there were a number of mechanical and tonal problems, the most urgent of which was that the extraordinarily large-scale added 32’ reed was falling over and collapsing. ... | More Info...
Schlicker 1950's Pipe Organ Immanuel Lutheran Church Glenview, Illinois 1950’s Schlicker organ, renovation (stage 1) in 2009 by Buzard Pipe Organ Builders   Console rebuilt with new solid state relay and combination action. New Swell slider windchest, replacing existing pitman chest. New Swell 1-1/3’... | More Info...
Verney Pipe Organ ca.1905 Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church Terre Haute, IN Preliminary documentation and stabilization in 2009 allowed for this organ to be awarded Historic Organ Citation #385 from the Organ Historical Society.  Some sources date this instrument to 1905, others later.  The church was extensively... | More Info...
2008
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1918 Reuter-Schwarz Opus 8 United Methodist Church Westfield, IL United Methodist Church Westfield, Illinois   Reuter – Schwarz Organ Company Trenton, Illinois Opus 8, installed 1918   Restored 2008 by Buzard Pipe Organ Builders Champaign, Illinois HISTORY: The organ in the church was installed... | More Info...
1958 Schlicker Concordia Theological Seminary- Kramer Chapel Fort Wayne, IN Kramer Chapel sits in a commanding position on the campus (designed by Eero Saarinen) of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN. The 1958 Schlicker organ was designed in conjunction with the architect and consultant Paul Bunjes.  As... | More Info...
ca. 1875 Hamill Tracker Organ New Hope Baptist (formerly Congregational) Church Waverly, IL New Hope Baptist (formerly Congregational) Church, Waverly, IL Attributed to Samuel S. Hamill, Cambridge, MA Documentation and Stabilization 2008 by Buzard Pipe Organ Builders Possible original stoplist Open Diapason Bass (1-12, front) in façade,... | More Info...
2007
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1937 Wicks / Henry Vincent Willis Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Peoria, IL The Henry Vincet Willis Organ - A National Treasure in Organbuilding The organ in the Cathedral is a significant instrument, not only within the city and diocese of Peoria, but also in the overall context of early-twentieth-century American organ... | More Info...
Kimball Buzard Opus 34R First Presbyterian Church Lexington, KY Some organ projects take a long time. In the case of this undertaking, it can perhaps be said that this project has taken 110 years! It was in 1897 that the W.W. Kimball Co. of Chicago, IL installed a two manual and pedal tubular pneumatic action... | More Info...
Wicks 1946 & 1976; Buzard Holy Cross Lutheran Church Collinsville, IL Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Collinsville, Illinois 1.  The console was completely rebuilt, retaining the existing stoprail and combination action. All new stop tablets were supplied to reflect the modified specification. New manual keyboards,... | More Info...
2006
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1919 Kilgen Opus 3004 St. Paul's Lutheran Church (Bluepoint) Altamont, IL The congregation of St. Paul’s Lutheran invested wisely in 1919 when they purchased Kilgen’s Opus 3004!  George Kilgen started building organs in New York City in 1831, and relocated to St. Louis in 1873.  His son Charles... | More Info...
1967 Wicks / 1997 Buzard St. Timothy's Episcopal Church Philadelphia, PA   The organ that has recently been relocated to St. Timothy’s Church was first installed in First Baptist Church in Decatur, IL in 1967, and subsequently enlarged, by the Wicks Organ Company.  In 1997, Buzard Pipe Organ Builders... | More Info...
2005
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1891 Hook & Hastings, Opus 1481 St. John the Baptist Episcopal Chapel Elkhart, IL This is an absolutely first-class instrument, built in 1891 as the Opus 1481 of the preeminent Boston firm of Hook & Hastings.  Its playing mechanism is still working well after over a century of service, which has included the... | More Info...
1907 Pilchers Sons, Opus 605 Wesbein United Methodist Church Saybrook, IL The Pilcher name in organ building encompassed four generations of the family doing business in several locations including Newark, Chicago, St. Louis, and New Orleans, as well as Louisville where the instrument for Saybrook was manufactured.... | More Info...
1919 Hinners, Opus 2500 Universalist Unitarian Church Peoria, IL This organ project was a special joy for us at Buzard Pipe Organ Builders.  Like many renovation projects, it did not happen quickly.  John-Paul Buzard first visited this organ in its original home in December, 1990, and pointed out that... | More Info...
Pilcher's Sons Opus 605 Wesbein United Methodist Church Saybrook, IL Wesbein United Methodist Church Saybrook, Illinois Henry Pilcher’s Sons tracker (#605) Restored 2005 by Buzard Pipe Organ Builders compass 61/30 Pipes repaired and regulated at A-432 at 3” Mechanical key and stop action, tubular pneumatic... | More Info...
2004
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1886 Barckhoff St. James Lutheran Church Logansport, Indiana We are delighted to have installed a long-prepared-for 8' Trumpet in the Great of this 1886 Barckhoff organ. The new pipes are exact copies of the only extant original Barckhoff 8' Trumpet, from St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Lancaster... | More Info...
1929 Hinners Opus 2986 Sacred Heart Catholic Church Farmer City, Illinois Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Farmer City, Illinois Hinners Organ Company, Pekin, Illinois Opus 2986, installed 1929   Restored 2003-04 by Buzard Pipe Organ Builders, Champaign, IL   5” wind pressure, A-440 hz     ... | More Info...
1933 Holtkamp St. Joseph's College Rensselaer, Indiana Buzard Pipe Organ Builders is honored to have begun restoration of this historically significant instrument. This organ, constructed in 1933, was the first instrument that Walter Holtkamp built with an exposed Principal chorus. Work... | More Info...
1954 Casavant Trinity Lutheran Church Bloomington, Illinois The console of this 1954 Casavant organ was renovated in 2004, including installation of a new solid state multiplex relay and combination action. The electropneumatic expression engines were replaced with new electric action equipment. Four... | More Info...
1963 E.F. Holloway Organ University Lutheran Church Bloomington, Indiana The organ at University Lutheran church was originally installed in 1963 by E. H. Holloway of Indianapolis.  When we first examined the organ in the fall of 2002, it stood in need of a complete mechanical overhaul.  After discussions with... | More Info...
1967 Casavant Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church Virginia Beach, Virginia Complete revoicing and tonal improvements. | More Info...
1967 E.F. Walcker Organ Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne, Indiana First stage of restoration of mechanical action organ, including renovation of all wind system components. | More Info...
1970 Harry Kriisa First Lutheran Church Decatur, Illinois Buzard Organ Builders is privileged to serve as caretakers for this very interesting organ. In 2001 we installed a new solid state relay in the organ. We have made some careful tonal improvements to the instrument, including: Completion of the... | More Info...
Möller Chapel Organ, Opus 9569 St. Paul's Episcopal Church Indianapolis, Indiana Re-voicing and new façade pipes.  | More Info...
2003
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1912 Hook & Hastings, Opus 2304 Clinton Presbyterian Church Clinton, Illinois The organ at Clinton Presbyterian Church was built in 1912 by the Boston, Massachussetts, firm of Hook and Hastings as their Opus 2304. It replaced another, smaller instrument by the same firm, that had been installed in 1887. In the Spring of 2003... | More Info...
1925 Skinner Organ, Opus 521 Wesley United Methodist Church Urbana, Illinois The 1925 E.M. Skinner organ in the church (Opus 521) was originally installed in Smith Music Hall on the campus of the University of Illinois. It was relocated to Wesley Church in 1965 when a new Casavant organ was installed. After 40 years of... | More Info...
1947 Aeolian-Skinner Organ First Presbyterian Church Danville, Illinois The reed stops in the Swell division of this 1947 Aeolian-Skinner organ, a 16' Contra Fagotto, 8' Trompette, 8' Oboe & 4' Clarion) had suffered from neglect and improper handling. These pipes were shipped to Broome & Co., specialists in... | More Info...
1959 Reuter Organ, Opus 1249 University Place Christian Church Champaign, Illinois A new console was custom built in our factory, delivered to the church and installed for this three manual and pedal, 54-rank organ. New console shell of oak, finished to match other existing furnishings in the chancel, including a locking roll top... | More Info...
1962 Schlicker Redeemer Lutheran Church Fort Wayne, Indiana The three manual keyboards were removed, cleaned and rebushed, reinstalled and regulated. | More Info...
1968 Wicks Organ St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church Crystal Lake, Illinois The parish music director acquired the Moller 2-rank "Chandelier" division that originally had been installed in the Moller factory erecting room. Buzard Pipe Organ Builders was selected to install and connect this unique equipment to the church's... | More Info...
1969 Schlicker Organ Texas Lutheran University Seguin, Texas This three manual and pedal, 37 stop, 49 rank mechanical action 1969 Schlicker organ is one of only a few instruments by this important post-World War II American organbuilder that has survived relatively unaltered. Buzard Pipe Organ Builders is... | More Info...
1978 Schantz / 2003 Buzard St. Catharine of Sienna Cincinnati, OH St. Catharine of Siena Church, Cincinnati, OH Rebuilt 2003 by Buzard Pipe Organ Builders,  Champaign, IL        Great         4” wp       ... | More Info...
Aeolian-Skinner, Opus 1152A University of Illinois Urbana, Illinois This two manual and pedal 7-rank instrument was cleaned and relocated from a practice room at the University of Illinois to the music room of University Laboratory High School in Urbana. | More Info...
2002
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1928/1948 Austin Organ Kenwood United Methodist Church Milwaukee, Wisconsin Buzard Pipe Organ Builders have been privileged to complete a major rebuilding project of the organ at Kenwood United Methodist Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The church's 1928/1948 Austin organ underwent the following repairs and improvements... | More Info...
1951 Moller Organ, Opus 8251 All Saints Episcopal Church Appleton, Wisconsin The console was completely rebuilt. A new solid state relay was installed, as well as all new wiring throughout the organ. All reservoirs, winkers, and tremolos were restored. The exposed Great division was replanted on a new electric action slider... | More Info...
Schantz Organ, c.1950s St. Peter's Lutheran Church Huntington, Indiana Cleaning and general repairs. | More Info...
Wicks Organ Grace and Peace Lutheran Church Peoria, Illinois A new, custom designed and built solid state relay was installed. The relay was built so that future changes in the specification or layout of the instrument can be easily accommodated. A new, custom designed and build solid state combination... | More Info...
Wicks Organ, c.1930s St. Joseph's Catholic Church Terre Haute, Indiana Console rebuilding and repairs. | More Info...
2001
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1922 Austin Opus 1052 Trinity Episcopal Church Michigan City, Indiana Windchest and reservoir releathering. | More Info...
1949 Aeolian-Skinner/1982 Moller Opus 1325 Second Presbyterian Church Bloomington, Illinois Releathering of Choir division | More Info...
1965 Casavant University of Illinois, Smith Music Hall Urbana, Illinois Installation of new solid state relay and restoration of the pneumatic expression engines. | More Info...
1970 Kriisa First Lutheran Church Decatur, Illinois Installation of new solid state relay. This organ is unique in American organbuilding. It is the magnum opus of Harry Kriisa, an Estonian-born organbuilder whose family firm in Taalin (founded in the 19th century) still exists. At the end of... | More Info...
Installation project Evangelical United Methodist Church Mt. Carmel, Illinois Work included installation of a new 8' Trumpet and windchest; installation of a new 2-2/3' Nazard; and installation of a bottom octave for the 8' Open Diapason. | More Info...
2000
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1925 E.M. Skinner Op. 521 Wesley United Methodist Church Urbana, Illinois Windchest restoration following water damage. | More Info...
1947 Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1115 First Presbyterian Church Danville, Illinois Releathering of Swell division | More Info...
1958 Schlicker Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne, Indiana Complete releathering.  For more details, please see the listing for this same instrument in the year 2008. | More Info...
Casavant Opus 3031 Larchmont United Methodist Church Norfolk, Virginia Re-voicing, including replacement of 2 reed stops and adjustment of wind pressure. | More Info...
Reuter practice organ University of Indiana Bloomington, Indiana Releathering | More Info...
1999 and Earlier
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1914 Moller Tubular-Pneumatic Organ The United Methodist Church Gibson City, Illinois Replacement of Bar-membrane windchests. | More Info...
Aeolian-Skinner Practice Organs, Opus 1152 & 1152-A University of Illinois School of Music Urbana, Illinois Complete revoicing. Rebuilding consoles. | More Info...
Casavant, Opus 2840 University of Illinois School of Music Urbana, Illinois 71 ranks, three manuals and pedal. Constructed and installed 32' Untersatz, 32' Kontra Posaune. Installed Voix Humaine 8' in Swell and new windchest actions to split Pedal Mixtur V into two mixtures. Rebuilt all key action primaries. Tonal... | More Info...
Hinners Organ Op. 2630, 1922 St. Mary's Catholic Church Bloomington, Illinois Complete rebuild of 1922 Hinners organ, opus 2630 - 25 stops across two manuals and pedal, restored ventil manual windchests, added new pedal windchests, added new pipework, renovated existing console. GREAT   Open Diapason... | More Info...
Hinners Organ, c. 1900 St. Mary's Catholic Church Kickapoo, Illinois The organ at St. Mary’s Church, Kickapoo, IL was built c.1900 by the firm of Hinners of Pekin, IL for an unknown purchaser, and subsequently moved to its present location.  The organ has been cared for by Buzard Pipe Organ Builders since... | More Info...
Holloway Organ, c. 1986 St. John's Catholic Chapel Champaign, Illinois Revoicing, replacement of all reed stops, tonal additions, new façade casework, rebuilding of actions, 45 ranks, three manuals and pedal, electric-slider action. | More Info...
Lyon & Healy Organ, c. 1902 First Baptist Church Urbana, Illinois 18 ranks, two manuals and pedal, mechanical action. Complete restoration of organ including hand pumping mechanism First Baptist Church, now Korean Church Urbana, Illinois   Lyon & Healy Organ, circa 1902 Mechanical action, restored 1988... | More Info...
Mechanical Action Organ Project The United Methodist Church Creston, Iowa New mechanical action organ, 11 stops across two manuals and pedal utilizing some mechanical components from former mechanical action organ, November 1990 (Since the mechanical systems were retained from the previous instrument, no Buzard opus... | More Info...
Moller Organ, c. 1914 The United Methodist Church Gibson City, Illinois 14 ranks, two manuals and pedal, tubular-pneumatic action. Tonal revisions, action renovations. Commended by Organ Historical Society, 1986 | More Info...
Moller, Opus 11601, c. 1983 First United Methodist Church Sarasota, Florida Tonal re-engineering and revoicing of 45-stop Moller organ, electic style with an English accent. | More Info...
Schantz Organ Wheaton Bible Church Wheaton, Illinois New console for existing Schantz organ. | More Info...
Schantz Organ First Presbyterian Church Normal, Illinois Schantz organ, redesigned, reconstructed and relocated to new church edifice   First Presbyterian Church Normal, Illinois   Schantz Organ rebuilt & enlarged Buzard Pipe Organ Builders 1994, Opus 13-R     GREAT  ... | More Info...
Verlinden Electro-pneumatic Organ, c. 1925 Saint Peter's Lutheran Church Dwight, Illinois St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Dwight, Illinois   Verlinden Organ, circa 1925, rebuilt John-Paul Buzard 1994 7 Ranks     GREAT   Open Diapason            8’ Melodia... | More Info...
Wicks Organ, c. 1968 First Baptist Church Decatur, Illinois Tonal re-engineering of existing Wicks organ. | More Info...