First United Methodist Church Pipe Organ Salt Lake City, Utah | Heidi Jensen Photography

Thursday, December 10, 2015

I had the wonderful opportunity to take take photos of the new Pipe Organ being built for the First United Methodist Church in Salt Lake City, Utah.  FUMC will be hosting a dedication on January 10th, 2016 at 10:30am and 7pm; 200 S 200 E in Salt Lake City, Utah and all are welcome. The Organ was featured in the Diapason, December 2015; with photos by yours truly! There is great history in this organ.
The Pipe organ in the First United Methodist Church in Salt Lake City, Utah has been in its original location since 1906, thus known as one of the oldest organs in the area. The original organ had a two-manual console with 33 ranks of pipes.  The organ was constructed by the George Kilgen and Sons Organ Company (1873-1939) of St. Louis, Missouri.  Kilgen was a major organ builder, and at the time, constructed many noted organs, including the instruments at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Carnegie Hall in New York City. 
The earliest photo of the Sanctuary is dated “Easter 1915.” It reveals a handsome case with stenciled fa├žade pipes (all speaking) covering an opening sixteen feet wide and twenty feet high. The pipes were stenciled and were various shades of green in color. The organ console sat near the pipes so that the organist had a view of the congregation. The stage area was open. To get to the choir loft below the stained glass windows, members had to pass through the organ chamber – the door can be seen in the middle of the photo. FUMC has members who recall as children “running through the pipes” to get to the choir loft.