St. John's New Organ Realizes Decade-Long Dream
The organ console and its 2,262 wooden and metal pipes will be delivered July 3.
The music may sound a little sweeter at St. John's Episcopal Church Georgetown Parish when a new organ fills the church with music after a decade of planning for its arrival.
The organ's arrival July 3 will be the culmination of a $1.8 million capital campaign. St. John's parishioners have been raising funds for renovations and the new organ for over a decade, according to a press release from the church.
Construction began just after Easter and includes replacing three roofs over the altar area, upgrading mechanical and electrical systems and restoring historic altar murals, explained Trish Parson, the capital campaign chair, in a press release.
The crafting of the organ itself by the Casavant Fréres Pipe Organ Company of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec has taken nearly a year.
When the 53-foot truck delivering the organ pulls up carrying the organ console and its 2,262 wooden and metal pipes inside, traffic will come to a halt on Potomac Street to allow workers to carry the delicate pieces into their new home.
The truck's route will create "temporary traffic disruptions on Wisconsin Avenue, N Street NW and Potomac Street NW" according to a press release.
“We realize this is going to be one more element of complication in an already challenging parking and traffic situation, but we also believe this organ and the concert series it will inspire will greatly enhance the community’s artistic and musical cultural climate long into the future," said Interim Rector Bruce McPherson in a prepared statement.
St. John's Church, founded in 1796, counts among its early members and donors Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Corcoran, Francis Scott Key and Dolley Madison.