There's a disassembled pipe organ under Union Square

The Citizens' Committee To Preserve The San Francisco Municipal Pipe Organ

San Francisco's Exposition Organ is one of the last remaining vestiges from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915. Considered a prime example of the art of symphonic organ building, this 40-ton treasure has been heard by hundreds-of-thousands of people and has played a pivotal role in San Francisco's musical culture for almost 100 years. [...]

In 1989, the Loma-Prieta earthquake damaged the organ rendering it inoperable. The Exposition Organ was removed for repairs and now fully restored is ready to be erected and heard again by citizens and tourists alike. [...]

The near fully-restored Exposition Organ is a 40-ton instrument with an 800+ square foot footprint. It's sonic field needs a room with several million cubic feet of space as its soundboard. Finding a suitable location large enough and accessible for public enjoyment is a big challenge.

The Armory is a great choice for a location, just based on the opportunity for "pipe" and "organ" jokes alone...

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5 Responses:

  1. Jim Sweeney says:

    Well, it beats roses on a piano...

  2. Minor oops: Civic Center Plaza != Union Square.

  3. mattyj says:

    How about we put it, ah, at the, you know, Music Concourse? It's a pretty big room and it already has an appropriate name.

  4. Kyle Huff says:

    I love a joke.

  5. Mike says:

    The Armory was seriously asked by the committee about preserving the organ, but there was questions on whether the floor of the Drill Court could support the weight. Not sure if they ever got the ball rolling beyond that.

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